All New Google Autonomous Technology to Assist Self Driven Cars 0

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Google has always tested its cars around mountain roads and not on busy roads, until now. Now after gaining permission from the Texas Government this Google autonomous technology will be tested, using Lexus SUVs which are now cursing on the roads of Austin Texas. These self driving cars still carry a safety driver, while including important features as the cars get used to their new surroundings.

New Tech

At the centre of the Google autonomous car is a new technology that separates it from other sensors-driven autonomous vehicles. This technology is Google’s own topographical map that gives the car a sense of what it should expect, although this map is nothing like Google maps we know. This topographical map includes the height of the traffic signals above the street, the placement of stop signs, crosswalks locations, the depth of the sidewalk curb, the width of the lanes and can also differentiate lane markings from white to double-yellow lines.

The Google autonomous technology depends on this prebuilt map, which is why their urban excursions are limited for time being but the project leader engineer, Andrew Chatham, made it sound like the goal is to wean the car off such heavy reliance. This system is so advanced that Google cars can even avoid placing themselves in other cars blind spots, a remarkable feat that a lot of drivers can’t even manage themselves, but these Google autonomous cars speed is currently capped at only 25 miles per hour.

The Cost

Google is among numerous tech companied and car manufactures competing to be first to bring autonomous car technology into the market, but Google say that their design could be available by the 2020. The price for the self-driving technology will be added to a car sticker price and initially cost around £4500 to £6500 according to IHS Automotive study, but figures are expected to drop to £3000 in the year 2030 and £2000 by 2035.

As for Google the hefty price tag could be altered. The various lasers and radars attached to a Google autonomous car bring the cost to about £50000 although that figure should drop with the higher production volumes in the future.