Google's self-driven cars far from ready, still face many technological hurdles

By Himanshu Arora · 15 replies
Sep 1, 2014
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  1. Back in April this year, Google announced that its cars had driven 700,000 autonomous and accident-free miles. While these cars could probably perform well in an ideal driving environment, the reality is that they have yet to prove they can handle some...

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  2. For the Traffix lights wouldnt be connected to the Traffic office service along with GPS coordinates, be more hellpfull for the car to know exactly what color is the light?
  3. Disaster waiting to happen. At least put A LOUD SIREN on the roof of each of those cars, so we can brace ourselves...
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  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Yea, if it can't detect potholes, it will fail miserably in Pennsylvania
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Wow this software is like pre-pre-alpha. It can just drive. It doesn't have any brains yet though! They still have ways to go not just in the driving mechanics but also encryption. The car needs to be protected against hacking.
  6. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +859

    These will happen about the same time I'll need one for a hearse.
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  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    If it can't detect the difference between law enforcement and the general public then at least it should be quick and powerful enough to make a clean getaway, have the ability to change numberplates on the fly, dispense oil onto the road and be bulletproof just like 007's rides.:)
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    I dont trust algorithms to work 100% of the time, especially when it comes to large several hundred pound boxes of metal with people inside trying not to collide.
  9. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    This isn't discouraging news to me. I always felt we're at least a decade off, barring a huge leap in AI tech. The research should be done now.
  10. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 253   +126

    It does not have to work 100%, just better than humans, which is not that difficult.
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    everyone thinks they are a better driver than everyone else, "apart from the occaisonal error," which still applies in this case
  12. Senthil.c

    Senthil.c TS Rookie

    Sounds like, the car has a brain of an 'P' plate driver in
  13. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    It just has to think like the human brain with artificial intelligence and eyes. That simple
  14. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    yes incredibly simple....
  15. DaveBee

    DaveBee TS Rookie

    I got a Déjà vu feeling while reading this article, and suddenly realised why. Here it is -

    At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."

    In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

    1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

    2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

    3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.

    For some reason you would simply accept this.

    4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

    5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

    6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.

    7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

    8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

    9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

    10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off."

    Needless to say, I won't be buying a self driving car!
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  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    Tech is not there yet, in time it will be. Right now they can only do what resources they have today. What they should work on is Time Travel device go 100 years into the future grab the tech (if they're still using this idea of Self-driving cars) and bring it back to 2014 so they can implement and solve the critical issues of this time! LOL

    But for now this vehicle is a work-in-progress and did Google get a project tax grant from US Government to work on this project. So at the end of the year or during the next income tax they can put it down as tax deduction (aka write off) off their company taxes.

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