Google Self Driving Cars

Google self driving cars is any in a range of autonomous cars, developed by Google X as part of its project to develop technology for mainly electric cars. The software installed in Google’s cars is called Google Chauffeur. its a clearly written on the side of each Google self driving cars that show  it as a “self-driving car”. The project was formerly led by Sebastian Thrun, former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View. Thrun’s 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 self driving cars
Google self driving cars still roughly the size of a Smart car. It still looks like an egg with the face of a koala. The obvious differences are the addition of real headlights and the design of the LIDAR vision system, which now sits flush on the roof, instead of on roof-mounted supports.

Google has held multiple discussions with the British government about the prospects for Google self driving cars in the UK, documents obtained by the Telegraph show.The US internet giant has held five face-to-face meetings with the Department for Transport (DfT) in the last two years about autonomous vehicles, according to records made available under the Freedom of Information Act.They suggest that Google sees the UK as a key market for its Google self driving cars, which are currently being tested in California. Although it is unclear whether the company plans to extend trials to the UK, minutes show Google bosses describing the UK as a leader in developing laws for Google self driving cars.

According to a meeting held at Google’s London headquarters in February, Sarah Hunter – head of the ‘Google X’ technology research division – said that the attitudes of the UK government and motor industry in developing the framework surrounding Google self driving cars “could be seen as an example of best practice”. The meetings also reveal Google’s interest in how to insure Google self driving cars. Owing to the vehicles being controlled by computers and not drivers, the insurance model would be based around manufacturer liability in “all cases.

They suggest that Google sees the UK as a key market for its Google self driving cars, which are currently being tested in California. Although it is unclear whether the company plans to extend trials to the UK, minutes show Google bosses describing the UK as a leader in developing laws for Google self driving cars. Google has been at the forefront of developing autonomous vehicles, with its vehicles travelling more than 1m miles on public roads since 2012. Google self driving cars, fitted with a “lidar” sensor that uses laser technology, are able to spot pedestrians and other traffic, and Google expects to make them available to the public in 2020.

 

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