In 2012 Google started a new daring project : a self-driving car. A few months after the project has started Google announced that the fleet consisting of a dozen automated cars has managed to drive 300,000 miles under computer control without having a single accident. Although the news is really good, there is still a long way to go. The car is yet to ‘learn’ how to read temporary construction signs, for example, or snow-covered roads or basically anything that could confuse its systems.
The long-term hope of the Google team is to have a car that will give people the opportunity to be more productive while traveling. At the moment, there are two people present in the car, one of them in the driver’s seat and always ready to take back control if necessary. As the project seems to have reached a breakthrough point, Google is planning to have just one person handle the car and use it for their everyday transportation.
There have been several accidents involving Google’s autonomous cars but all of them, however, occurred when people and not computers were in control.