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Technology PopWrapped | Technology

Google's Self-Driving Car Has Miles To Go Before Approval

Lazaros Balakos | PopWrapped Author

Lazaros Balakos

09/01/2014 3:05 pm
PopWrapped | Technology
Google's Self-Driving Car Has Miles To Go Before Approval | Google
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Google has finally unveiled its self-driving car, which can navigate on its own and requires little input from the users themselves.

However, it is not yet ready to go on the market, as several struggles still need to be overcome.

While tested, the car managed to drive with safety for an astonishing number of 700,000 miles. Despite its surprising technology, there are still doubts regarding the published numbers and there are still issues to work on. According to Chris Urmson, director of the car's system-developing team, every problem faced during the tests have been noted and given for review, so that the technology can be improved.

The car is programmed to cease motion at stop lights that are included in the map uploaded to its system. Additional stop lights are not added to the maps though, so there is no way the car could stop at them, since it is not aware of their existence.

One of the efforts to make it sense the ones that are not on the map did not work out in an intersection of four ways, so they are still looking into it.

Furthermore, the self-driving vehicle has yet to be tested in multi-level parking areas, bad weather, and pedestrian recognition. Rain and snow can be dangerous, while the car fails to realize when it is a policeman who waves and when it is a simple passer-by.

It is obvious that there is hardly any suitable area in the U.S. for the car to operate on just yet. Google is aware of the problems, though, and is working on fixing them as soon as possible. The company hopes to put the car out in five years' time.

What do you think of the self-driving car? Are you into the idea? Let us know in the comments.

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