Google’s self-dri vin g car
The US search giant has its increasingly plump fingers in an entire service of tech pies. And next to thermostats and satellites we can now file a sci-fi staple: the driverless car.
Five years on from the reveal of its original in-house prototype, Google co-founder Sergey Brin revealed this smart motor at the Code Conference, claiming it’s “far safer than any other car for pedestrians”.
The auto-driving vehicle uses multiple sensors and a 360-degree camera atop the roof to look out for potential hazards. There’s no steering wheel, gearstick, pedals, brakes or boot, just two seats and a top speed of 40km/h. All you get is two buttons; one to start it and a big, red hot spot for emergency stops.
The project has logged 700,000 miles of public road testing in the US without an accident. Granted that was in a moded Prius rather than this smiley-faced number, but it’s the tech inside that counts. $TBC, Google.com, out 2018