It has been four years since Google has been working on building a car that doesn’t require a human to be driven. The development is focuses on the seemingly routine nature of autonomous driving, based on Internet-connected navigation technology that Google has been working on for more than four years. Google’s prototype for its new cars are expected to limit them to a top speed of maximum 25 miles (40 KM) per hour. The cars are intended for driving in urban and suburban settings, and strictly not on highways. The low speed will probably keep the cars out of more restrictive regulatory categories for vehicles, giving them more design flexibility. With this invetion, Google is having hundred cars built by an unnamed manufacturer, in addition to refuse to reveal the approximate pricing of the vehicle. These cars that look like typica cars are expected to have a range of about around 100 miles, which are going to br powered by an electric motor. According to Google, if recent developments in are to go by, they could be road-ready by 2015. But first, the plan is to conduct pilot tests in California, which will be starting with ferrying Google employees between buildings around its sprawling corporate campus here. One such demonstration is seen in the film The Internship as well, which hinted this concept and technology in 2013.
Challenging but Public Service Vehicles of Future
But even after an optimistic demonstration that Google gave more than a year ago, in the latest news Google engineers had decided that they would not be able to meet their safety goals in modified conventional automobiles that require humans to take back control in emergency situations. Sergey Brin, the Co-Founder of Google said in an interview that the cars are part of Google’s effort to reengineer transportation. And Mr. Brin says, what I’m excited about is how we could change transportation today, and if you look at people who are too old, too young, or disabled, and can’t get around, that’s a big challenge for them. For this development to take shape Google plans to build 100 to 200 prototypes. In comparison, it is possible for a futuristic robot fleet of 9000 shared automated vehicles hailed by smartphone to match that capacity with a wait time of less than one minute. Assuming a 15% profit, the current cost of taxi service would be about $4.30 per trip mile, while in contrast, it was estimated, a Manhattan-based driverless vehicle fleet would cost about 50 cents a mile.
In regulation matter, laws have permitted autonomous vehicles in California, Nevada and Florida. But those laws have generally been written with the expectation that a human driver would be able to take control in cases such as emergencies or immediate actions needed to be taken to stop manually. Therefore, to showcase the required compliances with the law have been taken care of with the driverless cars, the Google executives confimed that the initial prototypes would comply with California automated-driving regulations. They will have manual controls for testing on California public roads. So, in the future, Google has hoped to actively persuade regulators that the cars can operate safely without driver, steering wheel, brake or accelerator pedal. Those cars would rely entirely on Google sensors and software to control them. The technology giant plans to test the compact two-seat vehicles with safety drivers. Since Google cars do not have a steering wheel, brakes or gas pedal but come equipped with sensors and software designed to help them steer clear of accidents. The driver has a button he or she can push to stop the car in case of emergency. The cars can’t go any faster than 25 miles (40 KMs) per hour.
Future Plans for Google’s Driverless Car
It is predicted that while continuing to test its fleet of cars, which now require two co-pilots, that is in both city street and freeway driving, in 2013 Google secretly embarked on a new strategy to find a way to automate personal transportation completely in urban settings. Google has been now turning its attention to designing a new kind of car that can be safe enough that the driver can be taken entirely out of the loop. But even though, it’s unclear if this development is going to take shape into full fledged manufacturing altother, as in if Google plans to manufacture the cars or if it will decide instead to supply the technology to automobile manufacturers and carmakers. But according to Segey Brin, he’s hopeful that regulators are expected tp agree that cars can operate safely without a driver. Mr. Brin also pointed out that the cars have operated without incident so far.