Technology is designed to make our lives better, stronger and faster, although we don’t yet know if “faster” brings improvements to one’s life. Anyhow, Google constantly tries to deliver innovation once a week, slowly developing the brave new world they are building.
In recent months, Google has conducted an experiment with their recently acclaimed self-driving cars. It seems that the little pieces of technology are able to make us forget about driving, doing all the dirty job instead of us. Driving will most probably become a hobby somewhere in the future, less than a necessity. However, the self-driving robots need some major improvements, as the little ones have suffered accidents while driving 200.000 miles around the Sillicon Valley Suburbs.
The Google bubble has been causing some turbulence ever since it started its experimental journey. Although representatives of the giant company state that the car is designed with extreme safety enhancers, some collisions have been recently reported.
One explanation could be that the spinning laser scanners on their roofs are a distraction to the drivers who lose control and collide with the little vehicles. “It is a distraction and when people get distracted, I can imagine behaviors changing”, declared Raj Rajkumar, designer of several autonomous cars and winner of a 2007 self-driving vehicle competition ran by a US military research agency.
Another reason could be that “Google cars have the Google logo splashed on them saying they are self-driving cars”, the expert further commented. This could be another reason why people get distracted and expose themselves to troublesome collisions. It seems that humans are to blame for the incidents that were reported in Silicon Valley.
Although it may appear an easy excuse, it’s rather truthful, as according to a Reuters report, a Google self-driving car and a Delphi Automotive car managed to avoid one another when they came close, some days ago. It seems that robots are finely tuned to avoid collision, something humans are still not able to do and most probably will never be.
The experimental self-driving cars are equipped with radar, laser, sonar and video sensors. This provides a 360-degree view of the road ahead and behind, which a human being could never match. The Google bubbles have been travelling over 1, 8 million miles across California and despite the little exceptions, they have managed to actually avoid serious accidents. Google’s self driving cars are trouble makers as they distract human drivers, making them turn their heads around and forget about the road ahead. Essentially, they are the very definition of safe, as the experiments conducted by now have proven highly successful.
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