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Driverless Car Technology Revs Up

June 2, 2014 10:50 am Published by

There’s been a lot of talk this week surrounding Google’s announcement that it plans to begin manufacturing its own self driving car.

Aside from a stop and go button, Google’s self-driving car will contain no controls, steering wheel or pedals. Described as a hybrid between a Smart Car and a Nissan Micra, it will seat two people and have electric propulsion. Using a wealth of sensors the car will be able to map the world around it in real time. Initially, speeds will be limited to 25 mph to help ensure safety.

But before you race ahead and withdraw every Dollar to your name to invest in Google’s latest invention, testing is expected to take more than two years on the car. Meanwhile, it is foreseen that it will take another five years before the car is available to buy or hire for personal use.

Google’s unveiling follows innovation in driverless car technology last year from German car manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. Paving the way in 2013 was a self-driving Volkswagen Passat. Seeing the world through a spinning silver cylinder mounted on the roof and a laser scanner, it gains one million data points per second to give the cars computer a real time map of its surroundings.

Japanese car manufacturers, Nissan and Toyota, plus Swedish car makers Volvo have also tested driverless car systems. In fact, as of last year, Nissan are miles ahead of other manufacturers with their driverless cars in Japan being accredited street legal status.

Undoubtedly driverless car technology is revving up, but it remains to be seen if these cars will be a steer in the right direction or a complete car crash for the motoring industry.  

 

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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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