Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Google's Driver-less Car

The state of Nevada has given Google the green light for its test driverless car to travel on public roads. The car is a modified Toyota Prius, featuring sophisticated onboard electronics that drives itself in auto-pilot mode. 

The modified Toyota Prius was issued a license bearing an infinity sign  next to the left of number “001” after demonstrating its auto-pilot  capabilities on highways, neighborhood streets and even the hectic “strip” in  Las Vegas.

How it works:
The system combines information gathered from Google Street View with artificial intelligence software that combines input from video cameras inside the car, a LIDAR sensor on top of the vehicle, radar sensors on the front of the vehicle and a position sensor attached to one of the rear wheels that helps locate the car's position on the map.

Interesting Fact:The only crash that has occurred during so far was when it was being driven manually!