Google is working really hard to develop the Google Self-driving Car. From, about 8 years the company has been promising that driverless cars would soon be arriving. However, we still are far from the time when such cars will be roaming around streets and one of such would be parked in your own garage.
In order to clear all the queries of the general audience regarding the presence of driverless cars among us, Google Self-Driving Car Head Chris Urmson talked to South by Southwest in Austin. The head clearly stated that we won’t be seeing such cars among us until they are safer than “humans.”
“When it does come out, we’re going to want it to be better than human drivers,” Urmson said.
We do not confirm if the initial prototype of Google Self-driving car has entered the safe phase or not. Urmson urged the point of safety by stating that about 38,000 people are killed in vehicle-related accidents in America with 1.2 million globally. Furthermore, the Google Cars have driven around 1.4 million miles and have noticed something very astonishing things on the road. One of such examples is a lady in an electric scooter, broom in hand, chasing a duck in circles in the middle of the road.
Urmson also stated that in order to navigate all the distraction problems or “anomaly situations,” the self-autonomous cars will have to make significant decisions based on some general road safety information. He further stated that;
“We make our cars incredibly good defensive drivers,” “They avoid [risky] situations even more than people do today.”
Urmson also told that self-driving cars are safe but they have their own moment of weaknesses. He also quoted an incident which happened with a self-driving Lexus on Valentine’s Day. The unfortunate car went directly into the bus.
“Fundamentally this came down to the fact that our car made an assumption was going to do, and the bus driver was going to make an assumption about what the car was going to do, and they were not the same assumption.”
The Google driving head is worried about such issues and accidents, this is the reason the car is taking longer than usual. The car should be perfect before we start driving without drivers on our streets. Because a driverless car has to be truly driverless, he said he won’t be surprised if people in certain areas will be able to access the cars first.
“We do hope to get this technology out in the world soon,” he said. “As we do, we’ll let people know.”
Still, there is no reason to lose hope. We all know that one day or another, Google cars will reach us. Until the cars aren’t perfect, the program will continue to test its cars at a pace of 10,000 miles per week (more than a human driver does in a year) until they get it right.