The State of Nevada, US, has already granted a license for circulation to the automatic-pilot vehicles. The main objective is that Google’s self-driving car can be tested in a real environment. The automobile would need a driver as well as a co-driver to circulate, but the tests would help ascertain whether the car could be used in real circumstances, with traffic, not being a threat for other drivers.
Google Cars uses three different types of technology to achieve the automatic-pilot driving. It combines the real time analysis to check the road’s state or possible obstacles. This information is collected by sensors that are connected to a large database. This is why the car has access to every map, GPS and details regarding the signage on public roads.
“The system regulates the breaks, the throttle and the steering wheel”, the spokes man of DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), Tom Jacobs, who noted that the technology used is still in an evaluation stage.
Google has already 8 vehicles adapted to their automatic-pilot, 6 are Toyota Prius, one is an Audi TT and another one a Lexus RX450.
This technology means a great advance for handicapped people since it will allow them to travel like any other person.
The project was first announced in 2010 and the prototype was successfully tested in California. It is not known when it will be a reality, but I am sure that not many years from now, Google’s car will not be the only one out there!