Google Self-Driving Car Project
Why self-driving cars mater
Google self-driving cars are designed to navigate safely through city streets.
They have sensors designed to detect objects as far as two football fields away in all directions, including pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles—or even fluttering plastic shopping bags and rogue birds. The software processes all the information to help the car safely navigate the road without getting tired or distracted.
Imagine if everyone could get around easily and safely, regardless of their ability to drive.
Aging or visually impaired loved ones wouldn’t have to give up their independence. Time spent commuting could be time spent doing what you want to do. Deaths from traffic accidents—over 1.2 million worldwide every year—could be reduced dramatically, especially since 94% of accidents in the U.S. involve human error.
What Google is up to
Google self-driven over 1 million miles and are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, California.
Google Self-driven cars testing fleet includes both modified Lexus SUVs and new prototype vehicles that are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. There are safety drivers aboard all vehicles for now. Google look forward to learning how the community perceives and interacts with them, and uncovering situations that are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle.