[tabi] Re: Google is testing cars that drive themselves

  • From: "Charles Atkins" <catkins@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:53:49 -0400

They're brilliant!

To say the least!

Indescribably so!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 5:55 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Google is testing cars that drive themselves

  you could already see this happening in the new features of the high-end 
cars; Mercedes for instance has radar built-in to the front which not only 
follows the car ahead once you put it in cruise control mode (I mean adjusts 
the speed, not steers the car), but it will now sound an audible alarm and put 
on the breaks if it looks like the car is going to hit something (their 
commercial shows someone not paying attention and drifting over the center line 
and heading for an oncoming car in the other lane).  And they've already had 
for years a feature which would "steer" the car out of a skid by adjusting the 
breaks only on the wheels of one side.

  All of these little "safety" features are slowly adding up to a car which can 
drive itself; but still, I'm truly surprise that google thinks they can have 
something on the road in only 8 years!


    From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Charles Atkins
    Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 5:08 PM
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    Subject: [tabi] Re: Google is testing cars that drive themselves

    It's coming!  If Google said it, You can expect it!  
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Chip Orange 
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 5:03 PM
      Subject: [tabi] Google is testing cars that drive themselves


      Google is testing cars that drive themselves

      Google announced Sunday that it has developed cars that drive themselves 
automatically in traffic, and that it has been testing them on the streets of 
California for months. It might seem like an unusual project for Google, but it 
could actually have big benefits. 

      We're not just talking about cars running Google Android. This is the 
stuff of science fiction. The only accident that has occurred so far: One of 
the cars was rear-ended by a driver at a stop light. Human error!

      The vehicles have been tested on 140,000 miles of California road, from 
Silicon Valley to Santa Monica. 

      Each car is manned during the tests. One person sits in the driver's 
seat, ready to take control of the vehicle instantly by grabbing the wheel or 
touch the brake should something go wrong with the system. The person in the 
passenger's seat is an engineer who monitors the software operations on a 

      Google (Google) hired engineers who previously participated in 
competitions and races involving automated cars -- important turning points in 
the development of the technology, which has been coming into its own since 
around 2005 according to The New York Times.

      If your first concern is one of safety, Google would argue that you're 
going about it all wrong. 

      Safety is one of the the project's purposes. Google believes that the 
technology could nearly half the number of automobile-related deaths because 
computers are supposedly better at driving than humans in the right 

      There are other hypothetical pluses, too. The vehicles' instant reaction 
time and 360-degree awareness would allow them to drive closer together on the 
highway than humans can, reducing traffic congestion. They could be more 
careful when operating the gas, reducing fuel consumption.

      But the biggest benefit for Google would be the hour or so of daily 
commute time the car owner would save. Instead of driving, he or she could 
either be productive or entertained in the vehicle, doing work on a wireless 
Internet (Internet) connection or watching television. 

      Google doesn't say it explicitly, but TechCrunch was quick to note that 
this time could be spent using Google products and absorbing Google-run 

      The most optimistic projections put this technology at least eight years 
away from market, though. Legal hassles are among the myriad problems; all of 
the current traffic laws assume that a human driver is present in the vehicle.

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