Google self-driving cars: How many crashes they had, how many miles they covered (VIDEO)
Self driving is not going to be an exception in the years ahead, it is going to be a normal thing if not the rule. Google Inc. self-driving cars are going to be visible in larger number on California roads in the coming days, making Google imprint offline very visible too.
Search giant has been steadily making preparations about its plans to make its self driven cars all the more visible, at least in places where it is permissible.
Now after making long preparations, the company has said it is launching many of its self driven cars in Mountain View, California where it has its headquarters. These small, driverless cars hogged limelight last year when the search giant showcased them to the entire world claiming that these will beat even human driven cars when it comes to safety and security of the passengers.
Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving project, while talking about it says on Google Blog that it is completely safe. â€œWeâ€™ve been running the vehicles through rigorous testing at our test facilities, and ensuring our software and sensors work as theyâ€™re supposed to on this new vehicle. The new prototypes will drive with the same software that our existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs uses. That fleet has logged nearly a million autonomous miles on the roads since we started the project, and recently has been self-driving about 10,000 miles a week. So the new prototypes already have lots of experience to draw onâ€”in fact, itâ€™s the equivalent of about 75 years of typical American adult driving experienceâ€, says Urmson.
There are reasons to believe that the search giant is pumping huge amount of money in the project as it believes that it is going to be a cash cow in the years to come. Reports suggest that Google, through its â€œXâ€ research lab, has made 25 of the bubble-shaped vehicles, which look like something out of a futuristic cartoon, and will roll them out a few at a time.
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