Google Demos Driverless Cars at TEDMarch 4, 2011 0 Comments
As many techno-philes are aware, the TED conference is currently underway this week in Long Beach, California. While we're awaiting the latest batch of inspiring TED videos, Google has given attendees a treat...the opportunity to ride in a self-driving Prius.
Google declared back in the October 2010 that their stated goal was to free up human productivity by eliminating their need to drive. In addition, they hope to take crucial steps towards a fully-implemented automated driving system that would increase safety by leaps and bounds. Obviously, being a drunk matters not at all if your car does the driving all by itself.
One of the unique aspects of Google's automated car project is that it isn't funded or incentivized by DARPA or any other agency. This is Google acting on its own.
Here are some of the latest videos released. In the video, Google emphasizes that their system normally doesn't produce so many screeches. They just wanted to demonstrate the car's performance under heightend conditions.