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Google developing driverless cars

By T.K. Randall
February 18, 2012 · Comment icon 17 comments

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Google is looking towards a future where cars can run us about without even needing a driver.
The internet giant has been lobbying in Nevada to allow the testing of driverless cars on the highways, while the efforts proved a success the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles requires a payment of up to $10 million for the privilege. "We want to improve people's lives by making driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient," said a Google spokesperson. "Over 1.2 million people are killed in traffic worldwide every year, and we think autonomous technology can significantly reduce that number."
Nevada already legalized driverless cars back in June of last year, but there was no a legal framework in place for companies to test their vehicles. Now, Google and other technology firms have the green light to get on the road.


Source: IB Times | Comments (17)




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Comment icon #8 Posted by ColoradoParanormal 13 years ago
I know here in Colorado we have way WAY too many driverless cars. All the people whom flock here from California on our roadways. Do they not teach you how to drive out west?
Comment icon #9 Posted by jules99 13 years ago
Even though youre not driving, you would still be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the vehicle..so things could get a bit iffy legally in the event of an accident..as things are now with insurance. If there was any internet involved in the navigation or control of the vehicle could hackers resist the temptation to cause mayhem or disruption? I dont think I would like not being in control having driven all my life, though if I was born into it...of course that would be all you knew so you would have to get used to it. Once we create machines who can think for us and maintain themselves... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by psyche101 13 years ago
Top Gear had a story on this. I think Jeremy Clarkson's views stuck with me. He said something like: The problem with driverless cars is that cars still require maintenance and we have backyard mechanics. I can just see some bloke called Keith figuring "I can do this service" Next thing you know "Keith" Is hurtling down the highway straight at your vehicle with no control...... It's sounds a bit funny, but makes for a sobering scenario.
Comment icon #11 Posted by J. K. 13 years ago
Top Gear had a story on this. I think Jeremy Clarkson's views stuck with me. He said something like: The problem with driverless cars is that cars still require maintenance and we have backyard mechanics. I can just see some bloke called Keith figuring "I can do this service" Next thing you know "Keith" Is hurtling down the highway straight at your vehicle with no control...... It's sounds a bit funny, but makes for a sobering scenario. Even scarier, how long will it take for someone to create a phone app that takes over control of those cars...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Offeiriad 13 years ago
Hi,I am in the U.K. and see loads of cars on the motorways,but very few have human drivers,as they are mostly no brain Zombies,its worse than being on the front line in Afghanland,very scary....cheers Here, too. No one seems to know what an indicator light is for... I know here in Colorado we have way WAY too many driverless cars. All the people whom flock here from California on our roadways. Do they not teach you how to drive out west? I think it's push down on the gas pedal, close your eyes and go. If there was any internet involved in the navigation or control of the vehicle could hackers ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by and then 13 years ago
Even scarier, how long will it take for someone to create a phone app that takes over control of those cars... If you believe their press, Iran took control of a multimillion dollar US drone and landed it - maybe with a wee bit of help from the Russians. So electronically hijacking a car would probably be easy - ish.
Comment icon #14 Posted by psyche101 13 years ago
Even scarier, how long will it take for someone to create a phone app that takes over control of those cars... That is a good point, I would bet hackers would love to tell some of these cars where they feel they should be travelling. You might get in to go to work one day, and pull up at some rally or something. That is if Keith does not get you along the way!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mantis914 13 years ago
I know here in Colorado we have way WAY too many driverless cars. All the people whom flock here from California on our roadways. Do they not teach you how to drive out west? So, y'all are having that problem too? The thing that galls me is that then they say the native drivers don't know how to drive after they've finished messing up traffic...
Comment icon #16 Posted by rashore 13 years ago
I don't see much ohhhh in this.. But then I have been hearing my hubby giving me the details of it for a couple years now. He's thrilled about all of this, I still like driving enough to want to drive myself, lol. We already have cars that can park themselves, stop themselves, have adaptive cruise control, GPS, lowjacks, lane departure warning systems, night vision systems, and pre-crash systems. The first series of self driving cars started being tested in 2010. It was only a matter of time before the test grounds started getting approval for real life driving.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Paracelse 13 years ago
Driverless cars are the perfect tools for murders


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