Look out! There is now a Google driverless car!
There is no doubt about it. One of the most influential companies today is Google. The company has made a reputation as an Internet search engine and its name has become a verb used by just about everyone who uses the Internet no matter where they live on Earth. Do you need information on anything? Just Google it!
The company has since expanded into other things related to the Internet like Google mapping and more. Now comes word that the company is developing a self-driving car. Google posted a blog in which it says that it has developed a self-driving car which has already traveled from its headquarters in Mountain View, California to Santa Monica, California. It adds that the car has traveled more than 140,000 miles. Google says that the car features video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to assist it to do its thing.
A self-driving car is not new. The U.S. Defense Department has held challenges in which engineers have developed self-driving or self-guided cars which were run in a series of tests or races in an event called DARPA. The purpose is to stimulate American companies to develop a self-driving vehicle which can be used on the battlefield. Engineers involved in DARPA events have worked with Google on the development of the car.
Moreover, earlier this year General Motors unveiled a two-wheel, self-driving concept car called the Electric Networked Vehicle or EN-V. The car has a top speed of 25 miles per hour and uses GPS technology and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to find the least congested routes.
In November 2008, Computerworld published an article that said researchers believed self-driving cars would save the U.S. auto industry. So kudos to Google! Let's hope that the Internet company's latest adventure offers more stimulus to the world's auto industry to make self-driving cars a commercial reality.