Very soon, we will get to see Driverless cars on roads. Google has come up with a complete prototype. Earlier, Mercedes and Audi had also tried this concept. Google will start testing the second iteration of its self-driving car in California in 2015.
Compared to the prototype that was showcased earlier, the latest prototype seems to be much more practical. The car’s top is equipped with a terrain sensor and the front camera identifies the hindrances and avoids them. Google has been testing many of its prototypes to test different aspects of the car including the software, braking to the sensors and steering for over seven months now. Finally, the search engine giant is out with its first complete prototype of driver less cars.
“It is first fully complete prototype for fully autonomous driving. Developing an autonomous car for long distance traveling or highways is difficult but for in-city use the technology has far away destination to reach. This prototype will be tested in North California in 2015 with the help of manual controls by driver when needed. Once the system is successful after lot of testing & improvisation it can be used in other vehicles as Google is not an automotive company,” says Google.
The Driverless car has to get government approval before it starts operating legally without any human assistance. The State Department of Motor Vehicles have approved Google for testing Driverless cars on public roads. Instead of just fitting the driverless software in to other model cars, Google has come up with its own prototype. Google is one of the seven companies that have been approved by the State Department of Motor Vehicles to test driverless cars on public roads.
The Driverless cars is expected to hit the market by 2017-18. Google’s Driverless cars will compete with Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Google’s competitors definitely have the advantage of mass produced products in their hands for implementing their technologies. Many automobile manufacturers are developing systems that will make driving easier by letting the cars drive themselves during peak hours of traffic and to park themselves at the parking bay. The major disadvantage of Google’s approach towards building a driverless car is that its first model might seem to be unimpressive and it can only travel 25 miles per hour. The driverless car from Google might not be able to run on highways initially.
As per Google, the Driverless cars will be manufactured without brakes, gas pedals and steering wheel. Probably, the search engine giant wants to give the real feeling of a driverless cars to its passengers. However, Google must provide necessary controls, in case any kind of human assistance could be required.
BMW and Audi have already tested their vehicles based on driverless technology. While BMW has tested one of the 6-series tackling S-turns at high speed, slalom and wet corners without human intervention, Audi has successfully tested an unmanned RS7 in Germany’s Hockenheimring race track for 1 lap where it drove at a speed of 240 kms per hour without any human assistance.
With so many automobile makers and now a technology giants getting into the business of making Driverless cars, we could soon get to see self-driving cars on the roads. If Driverless cars become an accepted reality in the coming years, driving is going to be very less stressful.