Highway Safety Expert To Join Google Autonomous Car Team

November 20, 2012 by  
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Multiple news agencies have been reporting that Google has decided to bring a highway traffic safety expert to the testing field to help the company to work on the driverless car system the company has been developing.

According to the recent article, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s deputy director will leave the federal agency to join the driverless car team in order to help the company to develop a safer autonomous car system.

The technology was tested by Google for more than 300,000 miles of accident-free test-driving and now, engineers and safety technicians are coming together to make this technology available to the public. The deputy director of NHTSA has claimed he’s happy to be able to help develop this system that is bound to save lives and make roads safer.

Hopefully, more safety technology will be developed and vehicles will integrate safety systems and other collision avoiding devices to ensure drivers, passengers and pedestrians will be less involved in auto accidents in the future.

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Autonomous Vehicles Closer To Revolutionize Our Driving Experience

November 12, 2012 by  
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According to several news agencies, the autonomous car is closer to become a reality than ever before.

Google has recently unveiled the results of over 300,000 mile tests that showed the vehicle was able to avoid crashes while the driverless car system was being used. The company claimed that one mishap the autonomous vehicles was involved in was reported, however, it only happened because a human driver was at the wheel.

Reports show that the customized Priuses used in the driverless car tests were equipped with radars, GPS systems and even a 3-D camera that is designed to map the road. Traffic signals, pedestrians and even road lanes are captured in real time by these cameras and the information received by these devices is translated into data that is read and understood by the technology in order to keep the vehicle traveling safely.

Now, reports show that Google is not the only company testing this technology. Four other driverless electric vans were tested in 2010 as a result of the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge.

This test put the driverless vans under a 8,077-mile drive that turned out successful.

News agencies have indicated that, last month, California was declared the third state in the country to make the practice of occupying a driverless vehicle legal.

The law, however, will only allow a driverless vehicle to be operated if the driver is sitting behind the wheel ready to take over. Nissan has also reported being involved in a test of self-driving prototypes, which involved Nissan Leaf vehicles. The automaker is confident that these self-driving models will be available in 2015. Other companies like Ford, GM, Toyota and BMW are also experimenting with the technology and developing their own system to make vehicles autonomous.

One of the main issues with making this technology available to consumers is its high cost, says the director of the George Washington University’s Transportation Safety and Security Program. According to his statement, in 10 or 15 years chances are that this technology will be used more often exactly because the cost is poised to go down.

At this point, some believe that what companies and lawmakers haven’t taken into account was how this technology may impact the market. Some believe that the autonomous vehicle may alter how industries function. Auto insurance companies and transport companies will be affected and so will steel fabricators, since the vehicles will be considered to be safer, they may not be manufactured with the same materials, which could be one way the industry will find to make these vehicles cheaper to consumers everywhere.

The MIT Media Lab has issued a report indicating that the use of autonomous vehicles may help to improve fuel efficiency, which will also have its own impact on the economy.

For more on how this new technology can improve productivity and help drivers to stay safe while saving at the pump, follow this link to read more.

Universities Researching Autonomous Car System

November 5, 2012 by  
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Autonomous car system is being perfected by Google, however, not only Google is working on making the technology safer and more reliable to drivers.

According to a recent news article, the Centre for Automotive Research at Stanford University is also researching other scenarios to better understand how to make the autonomous vehicle technology more flexible and adaptable to unusual situations.

Reports show that because anything can happen on the road, autonomous vehicles could be especially vulnerable in different situations.

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Driverless Cars Could Use Car-To-Car Communication Technology, Researchers Say

November 5, 2012 by  
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The communicative technology primarily developed by Silicon Valley companies could be employed by regular vehicles in the future, media outlets have reported.

According to the news, there’s an effort known as “connected vehicle” program that is being developed by state and federal officials to make all vehicles able to communicate with one another while traveling that could eventually make the roads much safer. This technology would eventually warn drivers of potential risks ahead, allowing motorists to slow down or take different routes to prevent accidents.

This Silicon Valley technology is being tested before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is able to decide whether this system can be used by drivers across the country or not.

The chief of the traffic operations’ office has indicated that the research is not being taken lightly. Some believe that the integration of the autonomous car system with the communicative tool could help prevent accidents that the autonomous vehicle wouldn’t be able to detect by not scanning what is going on with the vehicles driving ahead. With the car-to-car communication system, these vehicles would be able to receive and send information about their position and the conditions of the road, allowing drivers to make better decision when it comes to the road they are taking and how they will be able to avoid an accident by choosing a safer route.

Certain autonomous technologies have already been implemented in newer car models, however, nothing available now can be compared to the driverless car system, reports show. According to a recent article, researchers from the California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology believe that before the autonomous car is available to drivers, it’s important that engineers are able to come up with a safe system that will be able to respond well to unexpected occurrences and events.

Researchers believe that before this system is ready to be available at a consumer level, a large amount of research will have to be carried out. They also believe that if combined, the autonomous car and the car-to-car communication tool could make roads much safer.

Hopefully, consumers will be able to enjoy the safety technology that automakers are developing to make vehicles and roads much safer in the future as soon as federal agents are sure the technology is reliable.

For more on how federal agents are researching this technology and how Google cars could be available soon, click here to read the full article.

Federal Agents Will Be Testing Driverless Cars Soon

October 31, 2012 by  
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A series of news reports show that federal agents are looking into how safe self-driving vehicles would actually be before the feature is made entirely available to drivers across the country.

According to some media outlets, the government’s safety official reported that autonomous vehicles have a major potential to be a great tool in making roads safer across the nation. Now, the government has started to look into launching a research that will determine whether driverless vehicles are safe and reliable to be commercialized.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is carrying out this research, reports show. The agency believes that automakers and Google should work together to perfect the technology and develop vehicles with systems that will make the life of the driver much easier without compromising safety. Consumer safety should be a major priority of automakers and engineers must test this technology extensively before federal agents are able to allow the autonomous vehicle device into the lives of Americans.

Hopefully, more safety technology will be developed in the near future to make our roads much safer and keep our motorists out of harm’s way.

For more on this federal research and how the autonomous car technology can make roads safer, click here to read the full report.

Is The Autonomous Car Technology Safe?

October 11, 2012 by  
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What you may be asking yourself is if science fiction is finally becoming reality and the answer may now be yes.

The idea of a self driving car might not be so far fetched at this point, according to the news. Cars are already beginning to be equipped with features such as automatic parking, something that anyone who dreads to parallel park would love to have in their vehicles. Reports show that safety features never thought of in the past are becoming more and more common.

Cruise control is already a commonly used feature that is also part of the evolution car technology is experiencing. Now, more safety and technological features are showing drivers that the future may not be too far away. Google is already working on the system of driverless cars. However, because this technology is so close to become available to all, there is much debate regarding how safe these features are and how they would really work. Some believe that it’s impossible to create a functional and completely safe self-driving car.

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Self-driving cars arriving fast; some features already here

Self-Driving Car Bill Recently Signed By CA Governor

October 3, 2012 by  
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The Governor of California has just signed a new law, which legalizes driverless cars. The event happened at Google headquarters and according to the news, the autonomous car supporters couldn’t be happier.

The Law S. 1298, was approved unanimously by the California State Senate in May, according to the news. The bill allows drivers to use self-driving vehicle on California roads. According to the reports, only those who are licensed to do so are allowed to own the driverless vehicles.

The autonomous car cannot be operated on public roads until approved by the DMV. Google has strongly pushed for this law and its engineers hope to see the autonomous car system available to consumers soon.

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Calif. Governor to Sign Self-Driving Car Bill at Google Headquarters

Autonomous Cars Only Accident Prone If Humans Are Involved

October 2, 2012 by  
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The passing of California’s driverless car law has raised some safety concerns amongst certain groups.

Google’s CEO has decided to talk to the public to address these safety concerns and in a recent statement, he said that these driverless cars eventually should result in safer cars, especially if they are being used by young drivers who are still learning how to maneuver and deal with real-life driving situations.

To date, driverless cars have driven more than 300,000 miles and have had two known accidents, however, Google claims that the accidents happened because of human intervention. The system is being perfected and should be available to consumers soon.

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Driverless Cars More Accident Prone When Humans Are Involved

Governor Signs The New California Driverless Car Bill

October 1, 2012 by  
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According to a series of news articles, in late august, SB 1298 was passed in California.

Both the Senate and the Assembly approved the new law that allows driverless car technology to be used in California. On September 25th, Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.

The new law will force regulations for all models of operating driverless cars and legalize their use on public roads. Lawmakers believe that by having this law enforced, it’s possible that these vehicles may be able to reduce accident rates.

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California Driverless Car Bill to Be Signed into Law at Google HQ

Autonomous Car Systems Signed Into Law

September 28, 2012 by  
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According to the news, a new law that just passed in California allows driverless cars to be used on the road.

The new car system is already in use by Google and some of its employees. The new autonomous cars drive independently from human control, and are considered to be safe by most standards. Google helped develop the vehicle system and its engineers are excited to have these new devices approved.

It is estimated that by 2040, 75 percent of all cars will be equipped with some sort of driverless technology.

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Driverless Cars More Accident Prone When Humans Are Involved

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