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Google Dabbles in Robotics With Self-Driving Cars

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While it has been rumored for some time, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) announced Sunday is has been testing self-driving cars. The company equipped six Toyota Priuses and an Audi TT with technology that enabled a vehicle to drive from Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus to its Santa Monica office. It then moved on to Hollywood Boulevard. In all, Google has sent its auto-cars more than 140,000 miles -- including along the Pacific Coast Highway and across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Google notified local police of its testing program and insisted there was a clean-record driver in each vehicle ready to take over if the robot technology decided to go rogue. That may not always have been the case, though. At least one driver claims to have caught a Google car driving unmanned and posted a video on YouTube to prove it.

The Google cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to "see" other traffic. The cars also utilize detailed maps, which Google has gathered using manned cars. Fifteen engineers worked on the project, including some from DARPA Challenges, a group that runs a series of autonomous-vehicle races organized by the U.S. government.

VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70fBzaaiLwU

There is a guy in the passenger seat I believe.

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http://www.technewsworld.com/edpick/71013.html

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read about this

good stuff

couple decades before we see it in proper action, but a very good start

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its mad but the technology has been there for a while i guess its just down to proving they are safe

the way google are going on they will be the real skynet or some sh*t in the future :/

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Its mad how they have expanded from just a search engine.

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theyre deffo gonna be a problem in the future

n they collect data on all of us and sh*t

super company

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wouldn't wanna see robotic cars in case some retard would try make "adjustments"

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