AU­TOZONE

The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS -

Th­ese days, it seems that you can’t open a news­pa­per (if any­one, in fact, still does that), or read the news with­out hear­ing about Google’s lat­est ac­qui­si­tion or in­ven­tion. Now the In­ter­net gi­ant is work­ing on ground-break­ing tech­nol­ogy: the driver­less au­to­mo­bile.

A pro­to­type of Google’s new self-driv­ing car—a two-pas­sen­ger elec­tric ve­hi­cle with but­tons to turn the car on and off, but with­out a steer­ing wheel, ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal or brake pedal— was un­veiled in May. With­out a driver at the wheel, the au­to­mo­bile is in­stead guided by a light de­tec­tion and rang­ing (LI­DAR) ro­tat­ing sen­sor on the ve­hi­cle’s roof that scans the car’s sur­round­ings to de­ter­mine its driv­ing route, as well as to iden­tify such every­day ob­sta­cles as pedes­tri­ans, bi­cy­clists and other cars.

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