The search engine giant, which controls almost 70 percent of Internet searches, released a video and detailed information today (May 15) about its latest invention on its blog.
The company’s motives are nothing but altruistic of course.
“We started designing the world’s first fully self-driving vehicle to transform mobility, making it easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone to get around. Now we’re ready for the next step of our project,” it wrote in a brief note with its video release.
This summer, prototype vehicles “will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, Calif,” according to the company.
A safety driver will be along of course, but really isn’t needed! Google cars don’t even have steering wheel or brake pedals. Like the driver, however the prototypes will have them–just in case.
But no need to worry. In tests, the Google cars have only had 11 accidents, none of which were the car’s fault.
Once the car tests out of real city streets, Google envisions a world where anyone can go from point-A to point-B at the push of a button, and reducing 94 percent of traffic accidents caused by human error.
The top speed of the care is limited right now to 25 mph so it will be confined to city streets for the time being.
Self-driving cars have been the stuff of science fiction for years. Robert Heinlein mentioned them in his 1961 cult classic “Stranger in a Strange Land.”
But think of the implications! The company that already controls the information highway could also control the real highways.
Google could do what it’s done to countless small Internet businesses, ruthlessly crushed them by burying them in its search results.
If you can’t find them online, they essentially no longer exist. While its intentions are also altruistic–to provide the best possible search results–its approach has been disastrous.
Fortunately, Google sees years of research ahead before it begins marketing the cars.
But imagine what it will be like when Google controls 70 percent of the traffic on the nation’s highways. Google really will know everywhere you go.
Why do you think the cars are so damn cute?
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