Skip to comments.Google car has no steering wheel
Posted on 05/28/2014 12:40:58 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Google is building a car without a steering wheel.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of the technology titan, told a Southern California tech conference that Google will make 100 prototype cars that drive themselvesand therefore do not need a wheel. Or brake and accelerator pedals.
Instead, there are buttons for go and stop.
A combination of sensors and computing power takes the driving from there.
(Excerpt) Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk ...
Is there a search bar?
If it’s Windows-based, it really will be the blue screen of death.
> If its Windows-based, it really will be the blue screen of death.
Literally. What could go wrong? Forget to pay your traffic ticket or toll fines and the credit card they had on file is expired; they just whip that vehicle around and drive you to municipal court to pay your fine after they see you have enough in your account to cover it. (due to Obamacare access to your accounts).
I’m sure Google would never use Windows. They have a few of their own operating systems.
Like Android, it is Linux based.
Panic: /dev/brake core dump.
Chrome is a web browser.
Linux won’t BSOD, but it can freeze.
There is also the Chrome OS and Chromium OS.
Which is intended to support a system on which the user only wants to browse the web. In such a case there is no need for all the other fooferaw of Linux.
So if the thing goes into a kernel panic on the interstate, or hits a segfault in the autodrive system, where’s the manual override that will let you move the vehicle to a safe location?
Or worse, if the navigation system decides to take you down a private road, or along goat path, or even a road that’s no longer in use? Or, if you’re trying to get to someplace that google maps doesn’t know about yet, like a new housing development?
Sounds like the perfect car for rolling teen partays! No more DWI's. Whatever will MADD do?
I’m excited by this. I have epilepsy and can’t drive, so this would give me my independence back when it came to travelling non-walk-able distances...
Just imagine an EMP burst. No manual back up in a device intended for transportation... That just gives me the creeps.
You know that 20+ queue of cars you have to wait in to turn onto the interstate ramp in the morning? Or that long line of cars in one lane as you approach a construction coned section? The one where several people drive up in the open lane and cut in because some drivers won’t keep with the flow?
The google car is the one that leaves the biggest gap permitting just about everybody to skirt the line.
I’ve seen a product development video and the google car even lets bicyclist BEHIND it to pass.
I bet the lawyers can’t wait.
If I crash, can I just reboot?
it’s also an operating system. Chromebooks come to mind.
What could go wrong?
Sandra Bullock in boots and tight pants....Bow chicka bow wow
“Let’s blow this guy.”
“Away! Blow this guy AWAY!”
Just seems like a big metaphor for the continued abdication of Self Determination.
Let BigGov or somebody else do all the heavy lifting. Just call me when it's dinner time.
Yeah, makes me uneasy too, what if they are hacked and you go over a cliff or a bridge to no where? I don’t think we will ever see an AI capable of driving a car safely. I know human operators can be flawed but at least a car under human control can make judgement calls much better than a robot or computer. These cars scare me.
Don’t these guys ever watch any movies?!!!
I’m starting to feel like “Guy” from Galaxy Quest.
EMP also affects the engine’s electrical systems, unless you have sufficient insulation. The only kind of car that would work without fail after an EMP strike is a fully-mechanical one, such as a steam-powered car.
I have it on good authority that the Google cars require an up-to-date version of Google Maps to run.
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