Can Google Make “Self Driving Car” a Reality Crossing All The Myths??
Although Google’s self-driving cars have traveled more than a million miles on public roads, most of those odometer turns have occurred in the company’s home state of California, and mainly in the vicinity of its Mountain View, California headquarters. Few days back Google has taken its self-driving technology beyond the Golden State to the heart of Texas for further real-world testing in a different climate and environment.
It’s the first time since Google launched the project in 2009 that the company has conducted extended testing outside of California.
Google, which to plans introduce self-driving cars to the public by 2020, says it expanded the testing program so it could experience a place with different driving environments, traffic patterns, and road conditions. The company also wants to see how different communities perceive and interact with self-driving vehicles.
The real world testing has not started that well for Google, self driving has involved in two minor accidents leaving four people with minor injuries.
In the collision, a Lexus SUV that the tech giant outfitted with sensors and cameras was rear-ended in Google’s home city of Mountain View, where more than 20 prototypes have been self-maneuvering through traffic.
The three Google employees on board complained of minor whiplash, were checked out at a hospital and cleared to go back to work following the July 1 collision, Google said. The driver of the other car also complained of neck and back pain.
This was the 14th accident in six years and about 1.9 million miles of testing, according to the company. Google has said that its cars have not caused any of the collisions — though in 2011 an employee who took a car to run an errand rear-ended another vehicle while the Google car was out of self-driving mode.
In a blog posted Thursday, the head of Google’s self-driving car program, Chris Urmson, wrote that his SUVs “are being hit surprisingly often” by distracted drivers, perhaps people looking at their phones.
According to Google, its SUV was stopped near an intersection when another car hit it at about 17 mph. On-board sensors showed the other car did not brake.
Lets wait and see if Google can cross all the hurdles and make “Self Driving Car” a reality any time in the future.