The Google Self-Driving Car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for autonomous cars. The software powering Googles cars is called Google Chauffeur. Lettering on the side of each car identifies it as a "self-driving car". The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View. Thruns team at Stanford created the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and its US$2 million prize from the United States Department of Defense. The team developing the system consisted of 15 engineers working for Google, including Chris Urmson, Mike Montemerlo, and Anthony Levandowski who had worked on the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges.
Google Driverless Car
Well according to Google, the cars it is programming to drive themselves have started to master the navigation of city streets and the challenges they bring, from jaywalkers to weaving bicyclists - a critical milestone for any commercially available self-driving car technology.
Navigation is important my friend. Google Incs self-driving cars already can navigate freeways comfortably, albeit with a driver ready to take control.
#5 Tower on the roof
Well this is another feature. Googles retrofitted Lexus RX450H SUVs have a small tower on the roof that uses lasers to map the surrounding area.
When we talk technology, we mean it. The team at self-driving car programme at Google has built software models of what to expect.For now, Google is focused on the predictably common challenges of city driving. To deal with cyclists, engineers have taught the software to predict likely behavior based on thousands of real-life encounters, according to Google spokeswoman Courtney Hohne.
Worlds stop signs
Google is smart, and so is googles cars. Before recent breakthroughs, Google had contemplated mapping all the worlds stop signs. Now the technology can read stop signs, including those held in the hands of school crossing guards, Hohne said. While the car knows to stop, just when to start again is still a challenge, partly because the cars are programmed to drive defensively.
Understanding gestures is very important in real life also and for a smart car also. Among them, understanding the gestures that drivers give one another to signal its OK to merge or change lanes, turning right on red, and driving in rain or fog (which requires more sophisticated sensors). Understanding gestures is very important in real life also and for a smart car also. Among them, understanding the gestures that drivers give one another to signal its OK to merge or change lanes, turning right on red, and driving in rain or fog (which requires more sophisticated sensors). A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all things that a human physically can not - and it never gets tired or distracted, Chris Urmson, who leads Googles self-driving car programme, noted.
Laser radar system
Well this is a real breakthrough. The technology of the cars includes a laser radar system and a laser-based range finder that lets software create detailed 3-D maps of the surroundings.
A First Drive