Google unveiled their first self-driving car yesterday and it’s ADORABLE. Like a little anime Smart Car, with no gas pedal, no brakes, and no steering wheel. WAIT. REALLY? Yeah. “They don’t have them because they don’t need them,” Google said Tuesday in a blog post introducing the unnamed electric vehicles. “Our software and sensors do all the work.”
From CNN: Unlike previous models, these cars won’t have human drivers monitoring them at all times. Google said the cars can detect objects up to 200 yards away in all directions and adjust their speed, turns and braking accordingly. The cars’ speed for now has been capped at 25 mph, allowing engineers to minimize the risk of crashes during testing.
Inside, the spartan cars have few dashboard controls, no glove box and no stereo.
“We’ve designed for learning, not luxury, so we’re light on creature comforts,” Google said. “But we’ll have two seats (with seatbelts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route — and that’s about it.”
Google did not explain how the car navigates, although passengers would presumably punch in a destination on the dashboard screen and let the computers do the rest.
But are they safe? Safer than humans. Ninety-five percent of accidents are due to human errors, so that will be significantly reduced. Rear ending becomes a thing of the past. In rear ending accidents it’s nearly always the driver at the back who’s at fault, either because they were too close or not observant. Self driving car solves both of these issues.
The only down side, as one YouTube commenter pointed out, was that you couldn’t run over zombies in the road, because the car won’t let you hit anything. Other than that, I CAN’T WAIT!