Google’s driverless car now safer than the average driver
Google announced Tuesday that its self-driving cars have now
completed 300,000 miles of test-drives, under a wide range of
conditions without a single accident.
Does this really mean that the robotic car is safer than
the average driver?
On average a U.S driver will have one accidently every 165,000
miles travelled with Google having almost doubling this figure
without a single accident and the figure still rising.
The Google project has been done using the Toyota Prius equipped
with a range of cameras, radar sensors, laser range finders (to be
able to see traffic) and advanced Google maps software to navigate
the cars journey.
Two human drivers until this time have been required to be in
the cars at all times, ready to take control if there are any
malfunctions but Google are now saying it will now start using one
human per car.
They have also said that they are adding a Lexus RX450h to its
fleet alongside the Prius (which you can see above).
The project team has said that the robotic cars have driven from
the Googleplex in Silicon Valley to Santa Monica in LA, across the
Golden Gate Bridge, travelled down the Pacific Coast Highway and
around Lake Tahoe and that was back in 2010.
The 300,000 miles is a great milestone for Google’s self
driving car and brings us closer to the day that we will all be
able to sit back and relax during all our commutes. However Google
has admitted that they still have a long way to go.
Chris Urmson, the driverless car team’s Engineering Lead
has said that they still have to master snow-covered roads,
understand temporary road/construction signals and handle other
tricky situations that many drivers encounter.
However the day draws nearer and nearer that we will all have
our very own self driving car.
By Troy Stanley
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