Google Labs working on self driving cars

Google Labs, the philanthropic research arm of the Internet search giant, claims that it has reached a milestone in the development of self driving vehicles by clocking over 140,000 with its self driving cars.

Google elicited scientists who have competed in the DARPA Challenges, a series of autonomous vehicle races organised by the US Government to advance fuel efficiency and road transport telematics.

In a blog posted on the 10th of October, the company states that its fleet of automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to locate other traffic. However, detailed maps are used which are collected using manually driven vehicles.

The post says: "Our automated cars, manned by trained oerators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office an 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."

Google claims that its goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.

The company points out that the project is very much in the experimental stage, but says it provides a glimpse of what transportation might look like in the future thanks to advanced computer science.

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