Sunday, January 10, 2016

Google Cars Don't Have to Be Perfect, Just Better Than the Average Driver

Autonomous cars dont need to be perfect -- just a bit better than people texting, being drowsy, fiddling with the GPS, slightly inebriated, etc. And Google Cars are... learning...

Bad weather is just one obstacle to drivers, but by being even just a little better than the average driver, self-driving cars will decrease accidents, reduce injury and death, and save us all money. Think about it: radar isn't affected by rain or fog or nighttime. Can you see in the dark or a downpour?

"As we're developing the technology, we've made sure our cars are aware of how rain may affect their ability to drive," says Google. "Our cars can determine the severity of the rain, and just like human drivers they drive more cautiously in wet conditions when roads are slippery and visibility is poor."

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