Google’s Self Driving Car Crashes – But It May Not Be How You Think

August 8, 2011 by  
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We’ve been following Google’s awesome self-driving car since the search giant broke the news last fall that it was  developing an autonomous, robotic car that drives itself. By using sensors and specially designed artificial intelligence software, the automated cars are supposed to sense objects around them to be able to avoid them, thus making the ride safer and more fuel efficient. But last week, one of Google ‘s self-driving cars rear ended another Prius , which set off a chain reaction, ultimately involving a total of five vehicles. As it turns out, a person was manually driving the car, but still — what does this mean for self-driving cars? The accident, and the questions surrounding it, certainly make you wonder if it’s possible for robot vehicles to actually be safer conventional driving. Read the rest of Google’s Self Driving Car Crashes – But It May Not Be How You Think Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automated car technology , electric car , Google , google car crash , google cars , google electric cars , google engineers , google green transportation , google prius , google self-driving car , hybrid , prius , self driving car crash , self driving prius , self-driving car

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China’s Hongqi HQ3 Takes on Google’s Driverless Cars with 177-Mile Road Trip

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You may have thought we were years away from people accepting electric cars , much less driverless ones like the Prius fleet Google has been testing on Nevada’s roads. But China has now stepped into the driverless car race with its Hongqi HQ3 driverless car from the National University of Defense Technology , indicating that the global automotive industry may move more quickly than anyone anticipated toward self-driving cars. The Hongqi HQ3 demonstrated last month that not only could it stay on the road (at least during the day and in fair weather), but it could also easily navigate highway traffic at an average speed of 54 miles per hour, passing other cars on the road from Changsha to Wuhan cities, about a three-and-a-half-hour drive. Read the rest of China’s Hongqi HQ3 Takes on Google’s Driverless Cars with 177-Mile Road Trip Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , automatic cars , China’s National University of Defense Technology , driverless car , Google driverless cars , green automotive design , green transportation , Hongqi HQ3 , self driving prius , self-driving car

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