Google's Self Driving Car is Now Mastering City Street Driving [Video]

Google's Self Driving Car is Now Mastering City Street Driving [Video]

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Google announced today that it's shifted the focus of the Google self-driving car project onto mastering city street driving.

Since our last update, we’ve logged thousands of miles on the streets of our hometown of Mountain View, Calif. A mile of city driving is much more complex than a mile of freeway driving, with hundreds of different objects moving according to different rules of the road in a small area. We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t—and it never gets tired or distracted.

Google says that what looks chaotic and random on a city street is actually fairly predictable to a computer. They've built software models for thousands of different situations; however, there are still many more to solve.

Check out a video below that shows the Google self-driving car navigating some common scenarios on city streets near the Googleplex.

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What if? - April 29, 2014 at 9:48am
Well, what if it was hacked, if GPS can be hacked, then I think this can be too. I think it's like when people hack random accounts, if it can be hacked, then a person might randomly hack your car and drive you to places, crash into other others, crush people crossing the streets, etc.
ApfelStreudel - April 28, 2014 at 6:09pm
"...and it never gets tired or distracted." Hacked? Well, that's another question.
Nat - April 28, 2014 at 4:08pm
It looks unfinished. How can you tell the difference what objects are coming?