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Google is testing robot cars that navigate interstates and city streets without a human touch

Published: Sunday, October 10, 2010 | 6:54 PM ET

Canadian Press Daniel Wagner, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Google Inc. is road-testing cars that steer, stop and start without a human driver, the company says.

The goal is to "help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions" through ride sharing and "the new 'highway trains of tomorrow,'" project leader Sebastian Thrun wrote Saturday on Google's corporate blog.

The cars are never unmanned, Thrun wrote. He said a backup driver is always behind the wheel to monitor the software.

It's not the first signal that Google wants to change how people get from place to place. In a speech Sept. 29 at the TechCrunch "Disrupt" conference, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said "your car should drive itself. It just makes sense."

"It's a bug that cars were invented before computers," Schmidt said.

The cars have travelled a total of 140,000 miles on major California roads without much human intervention, according to Google's corporate blog.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based technology giant has sent seven test cars a total of 1,000 miles without a human touching the controls at all, the New York Times reported. The newspaper published a report on the cars earlier Sunday.

The cars know speed limits, traffic patterns and road maps, Thrun's posting says. They use video cameras, radar sensors and lasers to detect other cars.

Driving between Northern California and Southern California, the cars have navigated San Francisco's curvy Lombard Street, Los Angeles' Hollywood Boulevard and the cliff-hugging Pacific Coast Highway, the blog says.

Engineers consider the cars safer because they react more quickly than humans, the New York Times said. It said Google has not revealed how it hopes to profit from the research.

The company is flush with cash, though, and pushing numerous projects such as the cars that are unrelated to its core business, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif.

"The word 'focus' is a word Google has never learned," Enderle said, pointing to projects involving electricity distribution, vehicle design and artificial intelligence. He said cars that can drive themselves would allow commuters more time to surf the web, something Google would encourage.

Still, Enderle said, industry leaders such as Volkswagen and Intel Corp. are working on similar technology. He said "driverless" vehicles will make computers more like the robots imagined in the 1920s, rather than the tabletop data processors we use today.

The blog says the technology is being developed by scientists who were involved in an earlier set of unmanned car races organized by the government's Defence Advance Research Projects Agency.

I just needed to answer some few questions about this:

Identify the significance of the current event. Why is it important to know about the story?

Identify the relevance to curriculum. How does it relate to science and why?

1 Answer

  • 9 years ago
    Best Answer

    If Google makes car which drives without driver, it makes sense. This is a news and people are waiting for such scientific developments.

    Science has provided us many tools and facilities. These have not been conceived, developed and implemented in a day or week or months. It has taken years, sometime centuries. If we have to grow as human being on earth, we have to have story.

    Driver less car is a great idea. If company like google change its Portfolio to enter in automobiles, it makes news from various points of view, Commercial, social, and political.

    If it is introduced in course curriculum, it makes further sense. Today when Class X students study Windws 95 in all schools in India, IT MAKE LEARNING SENSE. IT IS DIFFERENT THAT WE HAVE TO UNLEARN THOSE OUTDATED FEATURES OF WINDOWS.

    Let our young students learn drier less CARS!!

    Source(s): Self knowledge
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