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Google's Self-Driving Cars Reach Almost 700,000 Autonomous Miles

5:31 pm on Apr 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I wonder if people have deliberately tried to fool these vehicle tests.

Since our last update, we’ve logged thousands of miles on the streets of our hometown of Mountain View, Calif. A mile of city driving is much more complex than a mile of freeway driving, with hundreds of different objects moving according to different rules of the road in a small area. We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t—and it never gets tired or distracted.Google's Self-Driving Cars Reach Almost 700,000 Autonomous Miles [googleblog.blogspot.com]
Our vehicles have now logged nearly 700,000 autonomous miles, and with every passing mile we’re growing more optimistic that we’re heading toward an achievable goal—a vehicle that operates fully without human intervention.
6:25 pm on Apr 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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"Google says that in the past year, the Lexus RX450H SUVs it has retrofitted with lasers, radar and cameras rapidly learned how to handle thousands of urban driving situations. The robot's vision can now "read" stop signs (rather than rely on a map to plot them out) and differentiate between hundreds of objects in real time. It also can negotiate construction zones much more reliably." ABC, Five things to Know about Google self-driving cars.

If you've ever used a map or depended on GPS, there are always small errors that can cause major delays and frustrations. Guess their bots being able to read helps somewhat...however, tis human to err and I would always want an opportunity to take control back if I determine any major malfunction.

Sure wouldn't mind having one of these for long road trips, however I still need to see more findings released. Not seeing many negative posts. Guess those would be hard to get past the Big G. Right?
9:39 pm on Apr 28, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Have they tested it in fog; snow; heavy rain; frost conditions? What happens if the sensors get covered in dirt, salt spray, mud? Has it been hit by stone chippings, hailstone, vandalism? Is it proof against owner stupidity? Conditions in Mountain View can be somewhat different to real life.

There may be no need to saw through a brake pipe in future to get rid of an inconvenient rival. A bit of sticking plaster over some sensors might do the trick ............