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Google unveils self driving car prototype

Original post made on May 28, 2014

Google posted a video this week of elderly and disabled passengers enjoying a prototype self-driving car, another step towards "transforming mobility for millions of people" the company says.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 5:08 PM

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Posted by knwmn
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

What is its fuel source? Hydrogen I hope.


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Posted by Jeff
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I'm curious how self driving cars safely interact with pedestrians in crosswalks.


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Posted by B.Hughes
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I don't know about everyone else, but with no steering wheel or safety brake pedal, I'm not getting in one of those things... Ever heard of a software crash? In this case it could be a Car Crash.


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Posted by Take away emotion
a resident of Jackson Park
on May 29, 2014 at 5:15 am

They are safer because the ego that usually goes along with people's driving behavior, is not even an option offered in this car.
I fear the angry ego driver who feels he/she has been "disrespected" more than self driving cars.


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Posted by Look past the flash to see the gold
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 29, 2014 at 6:53 am

What these really are being used for is to showcase Google's technology that is/will be available to put into production cars. They want to be the "Powered by Google" part of the digital side of your car like the navigation or music system. Think of it like the "Intel Inside" campaign. The car is just a splashy showcase for the real product: Google technology licensed to Honda, Ford, Mercedes, Kia, Audi...Google in every car out there.


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Posted by dude from future
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on May 29, 2014 at 7:14 am

These don't go above 25 mph and they apparently have a very soft front end with malleable windshields (for hitting pedestrians, but for that news, I'm a little curious how they would fare in a head-on collision. Or rather, the riders inside.


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Posted by Look past the flash to see the gold
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

It doesn't matter how they perform on the road because they won't be on the road. Its all about the technology inside the car. Think of the car as simply a booth at a trade show set up to highlight the technology. You can't drive a booth on the road, but Google can license the heck out of that technology. Target market is the established car industry.


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Posted by cet
a resident of Castro City
on May 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

I can imagine a future Darwin award winner jumping out in front of one of these to try and get a lawsuit. If Google is smart, these are outfitted with recorders.


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Bailey Park
on May 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Why would recorders be needed? They are non-road-worthy prototypes and will never be used on the road.


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Posted by cet
a resident of Castro City
on May 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

The lawyers are lining up right now. Google, do the recorder thing. Trust me. Ever see Russia? It's real heavy.


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Bailey Park
on May 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

He has no clue they will never be on the road does he? Can someone else explain it to him? Maybe we should just let him continue to believe...that may be nicer. Peace.


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Posted by cet
a resident of Castro City
on May 30, 2014 at 6:40 am

Don't be evil?

Yeah right. These mind control devices on my streets? Say hello to lawsuits and accidents, bloody bodies and riots.

Going
Overboard
Oscillating
Gasguzzling
Litterbug
Emissions

Read your Ayn Rand.


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Posted by They are watching us all
a resident of Bailey Park
on May 30, 2014 at 9:19 am

...and line your hat with foil.


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Posted by chas
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

It seems that cars like these would be good in a Taxi service. A while back the city was talking about Pod Cars running on tracks but cars like these would be much more flexible. Good for getting to places around town. And with the traffic situation we are now experiencing you don't really need a car that goes faster then 25 MPH...


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Posted by dc
a resident of North Whisman
on May 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

FYI. You can be sued for an accident in a car, on a bike, pushing a shopping cart and even while walking. The suit will name who in in control during the incident and who could be at fault. It may be more effective to sue Google than the occupant.


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Posted by cet
a resident of Castro City
on May 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

You'll never see me in one of these deathtraps. I'll be living the dream on my recumbent bike, thanks very much.


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Posted by Here to be entertained by you
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 2, 2014 at 6:33 am

"You'll never see me in one of these deathtraps."
I know, that's because you can't buy one. Most have figured that out by now, but I'm enjoying your refusal to admit that in our posts. More please :)


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Posted by Darin
a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Darin is a registered user.

Re: "never be on the road"

Actually, the plan is for about 100 of these self-driving prototype vehicles to be on the road as early as next year. The MV Voice article didn't make that clear, but other news coverage has made it clear.


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