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Test Run of Google Driverless Car

May 31, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 177

Google have been granted the first ever self driven license. The state of Nevada has allowed Google to test a Toyota Prius which has been installed with Google's unbelievable technology. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles stated that Google is allowed to utilise their self driving technology on public streets. Conditions set by authorities include having one person sitting in the drivers seats and one person sitting in the passenger seat.

Procedures needed to obtain license

Nevada is the first state to change their laws in order to cater for self driving cars. Members of the public will be able to obtain special licenses in the future in order to own such a vehicle. In order for Google to obtain their license, they had to go through some strenuous procedures. Nevada Law requires that 10,000 miles of previous testing on private roads must occur first before anything is considered.

Google previously had a number of legal tangles to overcome in order to make their newly granted license a reality. Previously the company had tested their car in Las Vegas on motorways. Other testing areas include San Francisco. California are said to be considering similar law changes to Nevada. Following the news, other car companies who are developing self driving technology are also in the frame for being granted self driving licenses it has emerged.

These tests had a specially trained driver on standby ready to take control of the car if Google's technology failed. Google have said that their tests of this specific vehicle technology have covered 140,000 miles with no major accidents occurring. The only collision reported was when a vehicle from behind hit the car at traffic lights, causing minimal damage. That was not down to Google's technology however the other driver was said to have caused the accident.

Today's news is a clear sign that driverless technology has taken a giant step into being made reality. Ensuring that everyone is able to recognise the vehicle on the road, the Toyota Prius will have a red number plate reading 001.

How does it work?

First of all the vehicle contains video cameras which are neatly located on the roof. These work with special laser technology which enables the car to locate nearby traffic and objects.

Google's self-driving Toyota Prius could prove to be safer than vehicles that we currently have on the road. Many accidents are down to human error. Google's technology is so advanced that it has the capability of avoiding many accidents which typically occur. Sensors will adapt to the vehicle's environment, keeping traffic moving and driving the vehicle at a sensible speed.

Google's automated driving system is regarded as the best in the world at present. According to many experts it betters the likes of Cadillac's and Mercedes-Benz attempts. Google's technology dips into the Chauffeur market as well as the car safety market. With Google's self driving cars, minimal human interaction is needed.

Will this change driving forever?

Although this is a giant step in the right direction for Google, there is still no word yet as to when the technology will be rolled out mainstream. When it is released, it will surely change driving forever. Who wouldn't prefer to take a lazier approach to driving that's safer at the same time? This would help ease the frustration of the constant stop start movement in traffic jams and also put a stop to road rage.

Oliver Richmond is the founder of Servicing Stop; the leading UK web site for Audi Service

Source: EzineArticles
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