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These days, a lot of talk about the promising project Google to establish a self-governing transport. In the future, we can talk about the unmanned taxi . Blog Jessica Lessin again turned to the topic. Its columnist Amir Efrat was fortunate to ride on one of the cars of self Google. So he decided not only to share their experiences, but also to consider briefly the main issues related to the theme of the unmanned vehicles. What are the prospects it promises? Is it dangerous?
When Amir Efrat was riding in one of the cars Lexus, which Google has made a self-administered, he drew attention to the screen located on the dashboard of a smart car. The screen shows other cars and the main objects of the environment. The passenger can watch their movements in real time. In other words, the smart machine “knows” about its environment more than any human driver.
Software engineer, the search giant, which has shown to Amir Efrat car was driving, and had a chance to transfer the car into the traditional manual mode. This is in case of unforeseen circumstances. According to Google engineer unmanned mode can not operate in bad weather, for example, if it snows or is foggy. In other words, the self-guided transport is not a technology of today. Google noted that its completion will require five years.
Most of all fears is the question of whether there will be more dangerous than the traditional unmanned vehicles? In the United States, according to the Federal Government, the annual event about 10 million traffic accidents. In the year of the traffic is responsible for 33 thousand deaths, or about one death per 100 million miles that trucks passing on the roads of this country. In some countries it is significantly higher.
According to unmanned vehicles to collect data was not possible. But it is already known that the search giant’s revised self-managed “Toyota” on the road more traveled 500,000 miles and, according to Google, do not have time for that reason no accident.
According to Amir Efrat, “one person close to the project Google to build an unmanned vehicle” noted that the software needs serious improvement to be excellent:
99% is not good enough.
But, as is usually the case, there are skeptics. These include Elon Musk, who heads a small company Tesla Motors, is engaged in the creation of luxury cars. He believes that “Googley” system of unmanned vehicles too expensive.
Car companies, including Daimler and General Motors, equipped with expensive models of their machines by some elements of the “unmanned”. German supplier of electronics and auto parts Robert Bosch said that he hopes to find commercial applications “assistant traffic jam» («traffic jam assistant»). This system can “brake, accelerate and steer completely autonomously.” Bosh could offer this system leading automotive companies.
Google has been negotiating with car manufacturers and attempted to license its technology to unmanned transport, introducing it into new vehicles leading companies. Search Corporation has upgraded the Prius and Lexus vehicles in order to show how the system works in its initial stage of development.
In Google have confidence that the robot taxi reduce people’s need to own cars. However, this view runs into a skeptical assessment by experts.
Google and other developers of self-Car believe that automation will be a better driver than a man. This will reduce the number of accidents and deaths on the roads. They also claim that the cars driven automation, will be lighter and will consume less fuel. According to another theory, if most of the transport on the roads will become self-governing, traffic jams will occur less frequently, and cars will be able to move faster.
Google started as a search company. Today, she develops new and emerging directions. Among them, and augmented reality . And that’s not to mention the world’s most popular mobile platform Android. According to the opinion of some analysts her reign will last forever.
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