Google’s New Electronic, Self-Driving Car
Last week Google announced its self-driving electric car with no steering wheel, gas pedal, or brake pedal. These vehicles will only have a screen that shows the route and a button that will be used to stop, go, and input directions to the car. These cars will not require any human intervention. They feature advanced software that uses sensors to detect obstacles and its surroundings up to a distance of two football fields in any direction.
Many other large carmakers such as Volvo, Nissan, and Mercedes-Benz are working on similar technology. Most carmaker’s technology will be slightly different than Google’s and will still have a steering wheel and gas and brake pedals. This allows users to have the option to drive if they so choose.
Just think of the possibilities with one of these self-driving vehicles. Blind people will be able get around much easier and experience more freedom. You will be able to read a book, watch a movie, play games, or my favorite – sleep, while getting chauffeured around. Even drunk people could use these as a means to get around, as they would technically not be driving.
Later this year Google will be producing 100 prototypes with a 100-mile range and a maximum speed of 25 MPH.
The video below shows these cars in action and the testimonials of its early users. All of the interviewed users seem very happy with how it drives and feel safe.