Did you know Google’s self-driving cars are already out on the road? As you may have guessed from the name, you don’t have to drive these self-driven cars. These automobiles will automatically drive themselves, while you sit behind the wheel and enjoy the journey.
Welcome to the future.
Using Artificial Intelligence software that can sense the buzz around, Google’s self-driving cars magically decides the right way to drive a car. The goal of such cars is to prevent accidents, free up people’s time and to reduce the carbon emissions drastically.
How does it work?
One person is behind the wheel, while the other person monitors a computer screen that shows the car’s planned route and keeps tabs on roadway hazards and traffic lights.
If there’s a glitch, the human driver can override the autonomous auto with a tap on the brake or a hand on the steering wheel. [Source]
These autonomous cars have variety of sensors and a route programmed into its GPS navigation system. Whenever a car is speeding next to you, your Google car will slow down. Needless to say, this car is endowed with better safety features.
Google’s self-driving cars might well be the future of cars, for efficient driving and whatnot — although we may miss the thrill of riding a car sometimes. To learn more about how these self-driving car works, check out the keynote presentation by Sebastian Thrun and Chris Urmson on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
Price: For now, Google has modified the existing Toyota Prius car (priced at an approximate $25000) to include its self-driving technology. Google also plans to deploy this technology on Ford cars this year.