Look, Ma, no hands: Google to test 200 self driving cars

After getting their hands on the mobile market, Google is trying to get into the car business. The world’s largest technology company is going replace human drivers with robots, turning drivers into passengers. This was announced on the Google’s blog also mentioning that they would be testing 200 cars which can accommodate two passengers and will be self-driven. They quoted “We’ve been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving; they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And that’s an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people.”

Google car prototype on road

Google car prototype on road

Contradicting our previous statement Google also said that they are not trying to get into the car building business but developing innovative software for self-driving vehicles to improve road safety and provide a helping hand to the people who cannot drive. The road testing will start later this summer with few prototypes driven on the roads near the Google’s Headquarters. The prototype will be having all the manual controls like steering wheels, brakes, accelerator etc. to control the car if and when needed, also the current California law requires them for safety. However Google plans to build a complete autonomous vehicle in which all the manual controls will be missing.

Inside the car you will see two seats with seat belts, space to keep your belongings, a start and stop button and a screen indicating the current position and the destination defined by the user.

Google car prototype concept

Google car prototype concept

The cars will be built in Michigan and the electronics and the software will be assembled in California. The vehicle is designed with safety in mind and with the top speed of 25mph they will be able to eliminate blind spots and have a vision of 200 yards with the help of sensors. If everything goes well Google will think of collaborating to bring this technology to the world for safety.

Automobile giants like BMW, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford and Mercedes-Benz have already started testing such vehicles. Speaking of an implemented system many luxury cars have Cruise control, staying in the driving lane and automatic braking. But with Google trying their luck in this field there are chances that the development will boost up.

Automakers have predicted that by 2020 there will fully autonomous cars on the road and around 230,000 units of the autonomous car will be sold thorough out the globe every year. If that happens there will be tremendous decrease in accident rates as human error is the only factor considered to cause accidents.

Every innovation comes with a drawback. In this case the price of such cars and legislation. These vehicles would cost around $7,000 to $10,000 more than the manual variants and will be only available with the luxury models. Moreover such types of autonomous cars are only allowed in four states in the United States to be driven on public roads: California, Michigan, Nevada and Florida. There are many things that should be done if and when the car will be available for the mass. But with such development the roads will be much safer and transportation much easier with very less or no efforts from the user.

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