Mike Judge made a hilarious depiction of Google driver-less car in his production “Silicon Valley”. The show’s car accidently took the passenger to offshore facility instead of intended destination, despite several failed request of stopping car. We surely hope this is not the case for the new driver-less car built by Google from scratch.
Driverless technology has been in the market for quite some time now. However, it was merely an extension over the traditional car using different sensors, navigation equipment and computers. Google has secretly been working on a self-driving car from scratch. The prototype released by Google did not have any support for the driver such as steering wheel but just an emergency stop button.
Google’s design team took inspiration from everything such as fashionable dresses to the Nest thermostat. The final design was a car which is small in size with a cute goofy smile upfront. The car has at least two feet worth of form to dampen the collision and plastic windshield to minimize the effect of an accident. Although, accident is highly unlikely due to low speed of 25 mph but then again safety and reliability comes first. Additionally, the machine can go haywire anytime. With the entire front end equipment gone, it creates room for two large mechanical seats. The sensors are placed on roof top of the car which gives an unobstructed 360 degree view and eliminates blind spots.
Google will make about 100-200 prototypes which need to comply with the city laws. The law allows autonomous cars only if the driver can take charge. Initially the cars will run in the state of California and Florida with the manual controls available.
Google launched the car at the CODE conference and Brin stated his vision for the self-driving cars, “What I’m excited about is how we could change transportation today. If you look at people who are too old, too young, or disabled, and can’t get around, that’s a big challenge for them.”
See the demo of the car below.