November 12, 2012

The Driverless Revolution Rolls On

Brian Dumaine, Fortune

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Google has now proved that a self-driving car can travel more than 300,000 miles without a mishap. Well, it did suffer a parking-lot fender-bender -- but a human was at the wheel. Its customized Toyota Priuses use an impressive combination of GPS, radar, and a 3-D mapping camera on the car's roof that "sees" traffic signals, road lanes, and pedestrians in real time. Google (GOOG) is not alone. In 2010, as part of the VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge, four driverless electric vans made the 8,077-mile drive from Parma, Italy, to the World Expo in Shanghai. Last month California became the third state, after Nevada and Florida, to make self-driving vehicles street legal. (The catch, for now, is that a human must sit in the driver's seat, ready to take over in an emergency.) In...

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October 31, 2012
Driverless Car Era Is Near
Henry Fountain, New York Times
THE “look Ma, no hands” moment came at about 60 miles an hour on Highway 101. ¶ Brian Torcellini, Google’s driving program manager, had driven the white Lexus RX 450h out of the parking lot at one of the... more ››