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Google builds its own self-driving car, sans steering wheel

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  1. steveox

    steveox Well-Known Member

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    Google's testing of self-driving cars has always generated more questions than answers. While it demonstrated the viability of such technology on public roads, and spurred major automakers to vow that their own systems would be in public hands by the end of the decade, there's never been a clear answer as to where Google planned to take its own technology.

    Today the answer arrived in the form of the illustration above: Google will build it's own self-driving cars — ones that test the technology to such a degree that they lack steering wheels.

    After several years of testing Toyota Priuses and Lexus RX 300s outfitted with sensors and Google software, Google's director of autonomous vehicles Chris Urmson revealed the plan Tuesday night in a blog post, saying the company was aiming to build about 100 prototype vehicles, equipped with two seats, a little room for passengers and a few buttons for inputting directions — and that's about it.

    https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motor...-its-own-self-driving-vehicles-031444947.html

    What about a pilotless plane? Or an Captainless ship?
     
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    They're coming ... they're coming.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    like a drone or the Exxon Valdez ?
     
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    Why cant these planes go pilotless?
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    Why cant these Ships go captainless?[​IMG]
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Landings and takeoffs. They are on autopilot most of the time. If you get in a wind sheer you want a pilot. Boats ? Easier.
     
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    Plane corrects the wind sheer. Ships get you from point a to point b.
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Plane does not correct for sheer. My cousin died on a plane that crashed in New Orleans yeats ago first crash attributed to sheet. Boats steer sround stuff sticking up from the bottom etc
     
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    The Computer will correct the sheer. Computer has wind radar like weather systems do. When theres an object in the ocean the computer will steer around it like an sonic radar system. Remember what happened to titantic? If that ship had a self captain it would never sunk.
     
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    Yesit would. It was going too fast to steer around it. Bergs arethe biggest prble as te move.
     
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    supposedly there's only been 1 accident with these self driving cars... and it was caused by human error in the car behind it, hitting its rear end.
    These thing will change our lives so much. Less traffic, less accidents, less injuires, less road rage.
     
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    Dont know about less trafic. Might help with accidents.
     
  12. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

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    A first drive with Googles self-driving car:

     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Do NOT show my dog this.
     
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    Would they go on a ride? :D
     
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    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes. They would go to the dog park then the bank (where treats are issued). To name two.
     
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