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« on: October 11, 2010, 01:23:04 PM »

Some Mondays start with news about a new netbook or an incremental update to a website you don't use. Other Mondays bring the news that Google is working on self-driving cars. This is one of those happy days: Googlebots are driving Googlemobiles without any human input -- and the robots are already on the roads.

The man in the project's driving seat, Sebastian Thrun, today revealed in a blog post that the cars have driven from "our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They've driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe."

Puzzled Californians have been spotting the modified fleet for several months as Google secretly tested the seven automated cars. Like the Street View fleet, each car is an eco-friendly Toyota Prius with navigation knobs on -- there's also one Audi TT -- and all the cars are staffed by an engineer ready to take over driving in emergencies. Local police have been notified of the tests, which have seen the cars cover over 140,000 miles. More than 1,000 miles have been clocked up with no human involvement whatsoever.

The cars use video cameras, radar sensors and the power of Google's data centres to crunch information and keep them on the straight and narrow. A laser range-finder feels out the traffic around them. There has been one accident, but that was the result of a stupid fleshy meatbag in an old-fashioned dumb car rear-ending the Googlemobile. We'd love to see the puny human's face when he tried to swap his insurance details.

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013, 08:03:19 PM »

Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish Capital Gothenburg By 2017

"Volvo is starting a pilot project that aims to have 100 self-driving cars on Swedish public roads around the city of Gothenburg by 2017. The project is called 'Drive Me' and is a joint initiative between the Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg, Volvo said Monday. Together they will make an effort to eliminate deadly car crashes in Sweden, said Erik Coelingh, technical specialist at Volvo Car Group. In the next few years, Volvo will develop its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) in its XC90 model. The goal is to have the first self-driving cars available to 100 consumers by 2017, Coelingh said. They will be able let their cars navigate about 50 typical commuter arteries that include motorway conditions and frequent traffic jams in and around Gothenburg, the country's second largest city."

Between these two things I think I may have a self driving car in my lifetime!  Yeah! More time for gaming.

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013, 11:24:27 PM »

I wonder how long before we have our first assassination by hacked vehicle AI.
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