Blog: Google's autonomous car
Dave Leggett | 19 October 2011
There's some very interesting work going on with robotic cars and Google is taking a bit of a lead, investing plenty in a project for which they maybe already have applications in mind.
I came across this article which sets out some of the thinking, describes the advantages of robotics over humans, and also some of the drawbacks. Put simply, the autonomous cars are okay for maybe 99% of the driving but it's the 1% where the human brain's processing power is actually better – for example where the cyclist breaks a red light or an unforeseen street disturbance looks like spilling onto the highway. Fascinating to see the degree of progress though.
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