Google’s Self-Driving Car is a Game Changer

Google's self-driving car is a game changer

Google’s self-driving car is a game changer and will change how and where we live and work. This driverless vehicle has a maximum speed of 25 mile per hour. But make no mistake about it. Google’s self-driving car is a game changer

Google’s self-driving car is a game changer

Traffic congestion today is crazy

I have driven hundreds of thousands of miles for a living. I was a taxicab driver in San Francisco for the better part of two years, plying the many hills of the City by the Bay and its environs while putting up with drunk drivers, rush-hour traffic and people who had no business being behind the wheel of a car. I also have delivered mountains of lost airline luggage, taking on the rain-drenched forests of the Santa Cruz mountains and other hard-to-navigate regions of Northern California.

I attempted to locate homes during that area’s typically fierce winter rain storms in the wee hours of the morn on bad roads without a cell phone signal or GPS reception, while making U-turns on one lane mountain roads -if you want to call them that –  on which an even slightly wrong move could mean a life-threatening spill into a mountain stream.

 

Driving in crowded areas often leads to road rage these days

Now admittedly, Google’s prototypical driver-less car wasn’t tailor-made for door-to-door delivery in the above mentioned conditions, but it certainly is appealing to those of us who commuters, long distance drivers, professional drivers, “soccer Moms” – and just about anyone who is all too familiar with the frustration that goes along with having to put up with through dense traffic and bad roads.

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The driver-less car is coming soon

As much as it look like a bored engineering student’s senior year lab project and/or be easily dismissed as still being many years away from being commercially feasible, it’s a sure bet that this technology will – quite possibly sooner rather than later –  transform our daily lives and have major implications for the world of business.

Today Google officially announced at the inaugural Code conference that they have built their very own prototype self-driving car. It is designed to be used in urban settings at up to 25mph. It has foam bumpers and an electric motor and, for now at least, the Google signature spinning LiDAR on top. But what really sets it apart is what it doesn’t have; no steering wheel, accelerator nor brake pedal.

A video of the car was also posted on the official Google blog, that included some sample riders from the key demographics that will benefit the most from this technology: disabled (Steve Mahan, star of a previous video and 95% blind), some seniors and a mom and her son.

 Google’s self-driving car will change how and where we live and work

It may look amusing and easily dismissed as a novelty prototype many years from production, but take a good look at a technology that in a few short years is going to transform your life and have major implications on your business.

Today Google officially announced at the inaugural Code conference that they have built their very own prototype self-driving car. It is designed to be used in urban settings at up to 25mph. It has foam bumpers and an electric motor and, for now at least, the Google signature spinning LiDAR on top. But what really sets it apart is what it doesn’t have; no steering wheel, accelerator nor brake pedal.

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Google’s self-driving car is a game changer

A video of the car was also posted on the official Google blog, that included some sample riders from the key demographics that will benefit the most from this technology: disabled (Steve Mahan, star of a previous video and 95% blind), some seniors and a mom and her son.

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