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Google Is Working On A Technology That, If Perfected, Would Save 1.2 Million Lives Per Year
Business Insider ^ | 03/11/2013 | Nicholas Carlson

Posted on 03/11/2013 10:44:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Google is working on a technology that, if perfected, would prevent about 35,000 deaths per year in the United States and 1.2 million deaths per year worldwide.

To put that number in context: About 23,000 American men and women will die of leukemia in 2012, according to the National Cancer Institute.

But while the technology Google is working on isn't the cure for cancer, it's pretty impressive.

What is it?

Self-driving cars.

According to the U.S. census, 33,808 people died in car crashes in the U.S. in 2009 — 37,423 in 2008. According to the World Health Organization, 1.2 million people die in car crashes around the world each year.

A source familiar with Google's self-driving car program tells us that one of its primary goals is to eliminate the ~99 percent of those deaths that are caused by "human error."

That's obviously a lofty goal.

It's certainly admirable … but is it achievable?

There are some data points to consider before answering that question.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: google; selfdrivingcars

1 posted on 03/11/2013 10:44:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

In 2011, about 7,000 of the approximately 35,000 car accident deaths in the U.S. took place at intersections. Still: Google’s cars would almost immediately cease the more than 3,000 deaths each year due to distracted highway driving.


2 posted on 03/11/2013 10:45:39 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

ONE QUESTION: If an accident were to occur, WHO IS LIABLE TO PAY? Google? Or the non-driver?


3 posted on 03/11/2013 10:46:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

CNN TEST DRIVES THE GOOGLE SELF-DRIVING CAR:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCpPPVvGqTY


4 posted on 03/11/2013 10:47:26 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And you think Toyota, and Audi had problems with “sudden acceleration”


5 posted on 03/11/2013 10:48:04 AM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s ask fighter pilots if removing the pilot from the fighter jet is a good idea?


6 posted on 03/11/2013 10:48:07 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 03/11/2013 10:48:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If it runs on Windows, I’m walking!


8 posted on 03/11/2013 10:50:13 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: SeekAndFind

liability nightmare...


9 posted on 03/11/2013 10:52:14 AM PDT by Homer1
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To: SeekAndFind
If Google could stop abortion, they would save 1.2 million lives.

Just say'n.

10 posted on 03/11/2013 10:57:47 AM PDT by Slyfox (Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness -G Wash.)
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To: SoldierDad

Cars don’t tend to do much dogfighting. Fact is for most of the “peaceful” parts of a flight fighter pilots are using the autopilot. So their answer would probably be “as long as nobody is shooting at you”.


11 posted on 03/11/2013 11:00:16 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: discostu
Cars don’t tend to do much dogfighting.

I see you don't drive much in California city/freeway traffic.

12 posted on 03/11/2013 11:01:48 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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Already invented a very similar product.

It’s called a train.


13 posted on 03/11/2013 11:02:02 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: SoldierDad

With advancing air defense technology and the ever greater Gs aircraft and missiles are capable of pulling, I think the handwriting is pretty much on the wall for in-aircraft combat pilots.


14 posted on 03/11/2013 11:04:48 AM PDT by Trod Upon (The Second Amendment acknowledges our inherent right to revolt if tyrannized. It ain't about hunting)
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To: SeekAndFind

DDT would save a lot more.


15 posted on 03/11/2013 11:05:01 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: D-fendr

RE: It’s called a train.

How good is it if somebody were to accidentally fall on the track like what happens in the NYC subways?


16 posted on 03/11/2013 11:11:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I think I would rather be neutered than have my car drive me around, talk about handing over your Man Card.

Love to see how it handles a blizzard also.


17 posted on 03/11/2013 11:15:17 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: SeekAndFind

That will just about offset the number who die annually at the hands of Obama’s death panels.....


18 posted on 03/11/2013 11:20:16 AM PDT by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It makes it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sign me up.

19 posted on 03/11/2013 11:20:48 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s suppose it all works fine and is implemented. Is anyone worried about a hacker attack?


20 posted on 03/11/2013 11:23:45 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: SeekAndFind
Google Is Working On A Technology That, If Perfected, Would Save 1.2 Million Lives Per Year

What, a filter to remove liberal content? Think of how much lower blood pressures across the globe would fall...

21 posted on 03/11/2013 11:26:51 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SeekAndFind

Also note how much freedom this device would remove from Americans.


22 posted on 03/11/2013 11:28:30 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SeekAndFind
Also note how much freedom this device would remove from Americans. I can see it now. Google: "Where to?" Passenger - "Willow Grove (PA) VFW". Google, searching, realizes the local Tea Party is meeting there soon.

Time passes. Passenger: "How in the heck did we end up on the Henry Hudson Parkway?" Google: "Recalculating..."

Passenger (muttering) "And I thought NYC cabbies were bad..."

23 posted on 03/11/2013 11:32:32 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SeekAndFind

If perfected.

Big IF.

Systems fail.


24 posted on 03/11/2013 11:38:01 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: SeekAndFind

Who gets sued in case of an accident?

You can be sure that the moment this system is put into place the sharks’ fangs will come out, looking for the deep pockets to steal from.

Seeing the way things are going in the USA, there will be no individual responsibility and the nearest entity with assets over a billion will be made to pay.


25 posted on 03/11/2013 11:40:46 AM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: SeekAndFind

The gubmint will control the system. No way our elected officials are going to miss an opportunity to restrict the biggest symbol of individual empowerment of them all.

No way am I going to put my driving in the hands of the gubmint.


26 posted on 03/11/2013 12:09:33 PM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: SeekAndFind

This technology is coming for sure, it won’t stop at just avoiding car crashes, and it is going to be great.

I say it is coming for sure, because it has already been demonstrated - it just needs to get better and cheaper.

This is just one instance of a technological tidal wave which will start hitting this decade - robots unbolting from the factory floor and moving freely.

Driving cars, trucks, ships and aircraft (e.g. drones) is something they will be able to do untiringly, with the reaction speed of computer-controlled ABS brakes, and with as much built-in redundancy for safety as you would care to buy. The little Roomba robot vacuum cleaner is being joined by robots safe enough to swing blades cutting the grass and operate booms picking fruit, gentle enough to lift a 95 year old out of bed and sturdy enough to enter burning buildings to rescue those inside. Household robots will be able to be let off the leash to do the shopping and run errands on their own, like hitting that damn squirrel with a shot of bear spray the next time he goes for the bird feeder (another robot could videotape this, while a third goes to fetch another beer).

No fundamental technological obstacle or physics problem needs to be solved - just continued engineering refinement and coding, supported by the ongoing improvements in the size, cost and capability of computing power. We will continue to build intelligence into more and more things, which will be able to communicate wirelessly.

Some have said that the field of Artificial Intelligence, or AI, might be better thought of as IA, meaning Intelligence Augmentation, where our capabilities will be expanded with more powerful tools, like a pack of robot assistants, sensors and software applications doing our bidding. The bulk of humanity will be freed up to pursue new lines of work, and the cost of many goods and services will plummet.

This is where we are going as these basic mobility technologies continue to develop - some have already been adopted, but the pace of development is picking up. It is going to be great!


27 posted on 03/11/2013 12:39:49 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: BeauBo

Hey, this is FR! You’re supposed to piss your pants in fear at new technology, not welcome it with open arms and dream of what could be.


28 posted on 03/11/2013 12:58:35 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: D-fendr

Except it’s a train that goes door to door on your schedule with whatever side trips you want.


29 posted on 03/11/2013 1:04:16 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What could possibly go wrong?


30 posted on 03/11/2013 1:08:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Be nonpolitical. Reject self-driving cars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2cDW8BRNVc


31 posted on 03/11/2013 1:09:19 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Of course, the Government will be tempted to send robots to the homes of registered firearms owners to confiscate their guns...


32 posted on 03/11/2013 1:35:08 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: SeekAndFind
According to the U.S. census, 33,808 people died in car crashes in the U.S. in 2009 — 37,423 in 2008. According to the World Health Organization, 1.2 million people die in car crashes around the world each year.

That's a lot more than those killed by high capacity firearms.

33 posted on 03/11/2013 1:40:49 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: IamConservative
If it runs on Windows, I’m walking!

Some parts of Google are much worse than Windows.

34 posted on 03/11/2013 1:42:19 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: familyop

Here’s a killer application for a self-driving car:

When you get pulled over for DUI, you flip the switch and say it was the robot driving.


35 posted on 03/11/2013 1:43:54 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: BeauBo

Here’s another killer application for self-driving cars:

Vehicle Borne IEDs - better than ever!


36 posted on 03/11/2013 2:05:36 PM PDT by BeauBo
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

I hear that the safe driving cars will have an alcohol content tests for themselves.


37 posted on 03/11/2013 2:07:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is another step toward govt command and control.
We know Google is a Baraqqi symp outfit.

Those that haven’t been demoted to bicycles or trains will have to drive Google cars.


38 posted on 03/11/2013 2:08:58 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: I want the USA back
No way am I going to put my driving in the hands of the gubmint.

If you're old like me, that statement may be reasonable. If you're under 50, it's gonna happen to you, assuming you are wealthy enough to have a car, in the Baraqqi "new normal".

39 posted on 03/11/2013 2:11:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind
It seems like it could work, especially with redundant systems. If the systems conflict, the car could shut down, or revert to manual operation.

I wonder how it would treat potholes. It would probably react better than a driver with regard to deer crossing the road.

40 posted on 03/11/2013 2:32:23 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: SeekAndFind

these are “dumb” self drive.

there is no ai in total control. they rely on google, for a fee, navigation.

true revolutionary would be a SMART self drive car.


41 posted on 03/14/2013 1:59:06 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: dirtboy

How much havoc would it cause to the white elephant mass transit light rail system?

what will union drivers do?


42 posted on 03/14/2013 2:03:50 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SoldierDad

passengers jet practically do that now. and they can take off and land too.


43 posted on 03/14/2013 2:05:09 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

They may be able to “fly” on their “own” (based upon the data that is inputed), take off, and land, but can they make the micro-second by micro-second decisions required during a combat situation, and make the correct decisions based upon conditions? Pilot instinct is not something a computer can be programmed with.


44 posted on 03/14/2013 4:20:52 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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