Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Google car, cuter than a bug

Cuter than a bug
Bigger than a golf cart
CNN/On the Move/Ivana Kottasova, 5/28/14. "Google's new car:  No driver, and no steering wheel." 

"Google has revealed a prototype of its latest driverless car -- and this one doesn't even have a steering wheel. The car will only have a stop and go button. No steering wheel. No pedals.

Unlike Google's previous self-driving vehicles, which have been based on conventional cars adapted to navigate around without a driver, this model has been designed from scratch. "They won't have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal... because they don't need them," Google said in a statement.   Read article.  The article includes 11 slides, a descriptive video, 3:44 minutes. And an interview with an Intel futurist (cities with cars similar to these), 2:51 minutes.

Wonder where they got the design?
Related article  - CNN/Ideas Series/Brandon Griggs, 5/28/14.  "Google's new self-driving car has no steering wheel or break." ....  Google has been demonstrating its driverless technology for several years by retrofitting Toyotas, Lexuses and other cars with cameras and sensors. But now, for the first time, the company has unveiled a prototype of its own: a cute little car that looks like a cross between a VW Beetle and a golf cart.  

Related video - Google self-driving car test:  Steve Mahan (95% of his vision is gone), Mt. View/Santa Clara, CA, 3/28/12. You tube, 3:01 minutes. "We announced our self-driving car project in 2010 to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. Having safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, we wanted to share one of our favorite moments. Here's Steve, who joined us for a special drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment, but we think it's also a promising look at what autonomous technology may one day deliver if rigorous technology and safety standards can be met."

Note photographs:  Auto bug entering or leaving van from Fashion Times, trending news. Auto bug looking for or leaving parking from Yahoo news.  Lady bug from Really cute pets and animals blog.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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