Its Official, Google’s self-driving cars are safer than humans driving cars. Not long until the robots start taking over…
In all seriousness this is a major milestone and could mark a revolution in the automotive industry with self driving cars becoming the everyday norm. Chris Urmson, the leader of Google’s autonomous-car project believes this is the case and has hard evidence to prove it.
He told a robotics conference in California that Google’s cars were smoother and safer than cars driven by professional drivers, according to mashable.
“We’re spending less time in near-collision states. Our car is driving more smoothly and more safely than our trained professional drivers.”
He presented results from two studies which looked at data from Google’s cars on public roads in California and Nevada, which showed when a human was behind the wheel, Google’s cars accelerated and braked significantly more sharply than they did when piloting themselves.
The cars’ software was also proven to be better at keeping a safe distance between vehicles than human drivers could. In one test, a Google car was hit by another driver and the car’s data was used to create an annotated map of the surroundings which proved what happened.
Urmson added: “We don’t have to rely on eyewitnesses that can’t act be trusted as to what happened – we actually have the data.” The guy around us wasn’t paying enough attention. The data will set you free.”
Google has been testing its cars on public roads since 2010, and ensure there is a human in the driver’s seat who can take over if necessary.
It has plans for a new dashboard display for its driverless cars, which would help people understand what the autonomous car is doing and when they might want to take over.The company said it is thinking about different ways of bringing the cars to the market.
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