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'Google' Unveils First Completely Self-Driving Car Technology

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    Independent
    Charlotte, NC
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    Well it seems to be here. 'Google' has unveiled it's plan to release 100 self driving cars that require nothing from the driver, other than selecting the destination of choice. The car will have no steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal, because according to Google, “they don’t need them”. 'Google' has been working towards this goal since 2010. With fitting several prototypes of sensors to other vehicles to test, that this car must have in order to make this a success. The vehicle will only have an "e-stop" button in case of emergency to completely shut off the vehicle.

    The only case in which I see this even being useful to society today, is for physically or mentally disabled people. It SHOULD NOT be used for every day commuting by greatly populated areas. I would never, ever, trust this technology in everyday use around the world. Human interaction MUST be used for vehicles. It must. There is way too many instances in which human decisions must be in place to make decisions. And yes, I understand the death toll for automobile accidents are extremely high and something does need to happen to lower the toll. I just do not think this is the answer. It very well may be the answer, if it had more of the human interaction to atleast be accessible to the driver. I do think it would be better for more rural areas. But hey, I may be wrong. I have always been huge advocate for projects like these, as I can see the worth and help in them. What's your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with this being implemented into every day use?

    Here is a short video of one of the first "ordinary people" drivers, and second video of the car and info.



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    Independent
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    I say bring on the future. Looks awesome to me. Just make sure that it is fool-proof first. Gotta say, of all the companies (ever) Google is far and away the most primed to implement this. We are still a long time away from this being the norm. But, someday I think it will be, in some fashion or another.

    Pros: eliminates intoxicated driving, careless accidents, blind spot accidents, accidents where you just look away for 2 seconds, etc. That is of course, if it works as advertised. Maybe we can eventually have a hybrid highway system, part automated, part human driven. Will be interesting.

    Cons are the same as with any advancing technology: less hands on "connection" with the process of transport. Less improvisation. Will be rare to get in a car and go for a drive to blow off steam, or when you're bored go for a impromptu road trip to nowhere in particular. Also the age of who can be in ('drive' or 'operate') a vehicle by themselves will come up for debate again. For, as long as you can operate a computer, you should be able to reasonably operate a google driven vehicle, it would stand to reason. Makes me imagine rich(er) parents getting their 1st graders a google driven car for their birthday/Christmas gift, in the same fashion that kids get iPhones and iPads today.