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Google develops technology for cars that can drive themselves

Google has developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. The objective behind developing these automated cars is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use. According to Google, The self-driving cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to ‘see’ other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which the company collects using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead.

Google has developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. The objective behind developing these automated cars is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use. According to Google, The self-driving cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to ‘see’ other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which the company collects using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. Google informs that the automated cars, manned by trained operators, have already logged over 140,000 miles in US.



“Safety has been our first priority in this project. Our cars are never unmanned. We always have a trained safety driver behind the wheel who can take over as easily as one disengages cruise control. And we also have a trained software operator in the passenger seat to monitor the software. Any test begins by sending out a driver in a conventionally driven car to map the route and road conditions. By mapping features like lane markers and traffic signs, the software in the car becomes familiar with the environment and its characteristics in advance,” Sebastian Thrun of Google has said.



According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million lives are lost every year in road traffic accidents. “We believe our technology has the potential to cut that number, perhaps by as much as half. We are also confident that self-driving cars will transform car sharing, significantly reducing car usage, as well as help create the new ‘highway trains of tomorrow’. These highway trains should cut energy consumption while also increasing the number of people that can be transported on our major roads,” Sebastian Thrun has added.

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