Google’s Autonomous Car Technology Closer, Are We Ready For It?

May 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Car Safety

Multiple news agencies have indicated that Google driverless cars could be soon available to drivers everywhere, but not until a series of reliability and safety questions are properly answered.

According to several reports, BMW, General Motors and Toyota along Google are working on the autonomous technology. In spite of the efforts, only Google has gone as far as having created a fully autonomous car system that has already logged in over 300,000 miles of driving. This technology is capable of maintaining speed and applying the brakes while the vehicle is traveling in town. It’s also fully capable of finding a parking spot and keep a safe distance from other vehicles while traveling on the highway.

The autonomous technology developed by Google is still not perfect. According to several reports, the company is still working on developing a system that is able to recognize pedestrians promptly and easily find its way while traveling under a heavy rain or snowfall. Critics have also found it complicated to rely on the autonomous car technology due to the fact that the system is not able to recognize road signs and construction zones. According to the news reports, critics are also worried about who will be taking the blame in the event of an accident or if a vehicle is pulled over while the autonomous system is operating the machine. Should the driver get a ticket even if the system is in charge?

Some are also concerned that the autonomous technology would not be able to recognize when it should give the right of way to another driver.

Some estimate that when the technology is ready to go, autonomous vehicles could account for 75 percent of the vehicles on the road. In some cases, autonomous vehicles could work as taxis, dropping the vehicle owner off at a location then picking them up later.

While the discussion continues, Google develops a better and more reliable autonomous technology that could be available to drivers everywhere by 2025. Regulators would still have to look into the technology to develop specific rules and safety standards for the manufacturing of the autonomous cars in the future.

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