Tuesday, October 16, 2012



☛ The Google Driverless Car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars.

☛ The system combines information gathered from Google Street View with artificial intelligence software that combines input from video cameras inside the car, a LIDAR sensor on top of the vehicle, radar sensors on the front of the vehicle and a positi
on sensor attached to one of the rear wheels that helps locate the car's position on the map.

☛ The system drives at the speed limit it has stored on its maps and maintains its distance from other vehicles using its system of sensors. The system provides an override that allows a human driver to take control of the car by stepping on the brake or turning the wheel, similar to cruise control systems already in cars.

☛ It is said to have navigated 180,000 miles of California roads — though never without a team of two human back-seat drivers — without an incident.

☛ The project team has equipped a test fleet of at least eight vehicles, consisting of six Toyota Prius, an Audi TT, and a Lexus RX450h

☛ Nevada passed a law in June 2011 concerning the operation of driverless cars in Nevada, which went into effect on March 1, 2012.

☛ A Toyota Prius modified with Google's experimental driverless technology was license by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in May 2012. This was the first license issue in the United States for a self-driven car.

☛ License plates issued in Nevada for autonomous cars will have a red background and feature an infinity symbol (∞) on the left side, which according to the DMV Director "...using the infinity symbol was the best way to represent the 'car of the future'."

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