The company Google, has been recently working and improving on their Self-Driving Car Project. It is believed that this car is going to make the roads safer, and replace the use of humans as drivers. It has sensors and cameras to detect when it is their turn to go, and their turns to stop. Even though this car has been in recent accidents, we still don't know if this vehicle is going to become a success and actually make the roads safer.
In the article, Alberto Broggi, professor studying autonomous cars at the Università di Parma in Italy, believes that the vehicle won't be able to quickly respond to street or route changes through out a "map-dependent system." If you actually think about what Alberto Broggi is saying, perhaps the self driving car won't be able to detect if a certain street is closed in the route to go to a location with its sensors and cameras, what will the vehicle do in this scenario? Maybe this is something Google needs to improve on, having their autonomous car detect particular route changes and having the ability to make quick responses.
According to technology review.com, Michael Wagner (Carnegie Mellon researcher on robotics) strongly thinks that it is very important that Google doesn't stress out themselves on what their autonomous car can and cannot do. “This is a very early-stage technology, which makes asking these kinds of questions all the more justified," according to the article. This seems like, Michael Wagner is trying to say that Google is trying to fit TOO many things into their autonomous car, and aren't focusing on what it can do.
It sounds like, the Google Self-Driving car is the start of electric future autonomous cars. Even though this is still an improving project, we still don't exactly know if this vehicle is going to become a success and actually make the roads safer, which is what Google's final goal is to the end of this project.
First iImage from Google's Self Driving Car Project website.
Other images in slideshow source from National.co.uk website.