During the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference, Chris Urmson — director of Google’s self-drive car — confessed that he is motivated to ensure the standards of autonomous driving to hit the road within 5 years. The inspiration came from his 11-year-old child who will be undergoing a driving test four and a half years from now.
His team is committed to make the technology available. His passion for the work also reflects Google’s dedication for the innovation.
Google aims to manufacture fully automated cars. Meanwhile, other manufactures opt to build driver-assisted functions hoping that it can win over the hearts of those who doubt that a fully automated car will be uncomfortable.
The prototype of Google will be revealed this December. It has no steering wheel or conventional controls. Although extra controls are available in case if there is a problem.
Some 1.2 million people are killed on the roads around the world each year. That number is equivalent to a jet falling out of the sky every day. That is not to say that driver-assistance cars won’t be useful but if we are really going to make changes to our cities, get rid of parking lots, we need self-drive cars. – Chris Urmson
Self-driving cars aims to control the increasing population of drivers and heavy traffic jams. It also aims to decrease road accidents caused by human error.
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