Driver less Google Car Is Now Safer Than the Average Driver
How safe a driver is your usual robot? Safer than your Average driver, at aboriginal by one measure.
Google announced Tuesday that its google self-driving cars think completed 300,000 miles of test-drives, under a “wide range of conditions,” complete off-track any kind of accident. (The project has practical a few accidents in the past — but only with humans at the wheel.)
To put that sympathy perspective, the average U.S. driver has alone turn roughly every 165,000 miles. Here’s how we got that figure: our average convenience per while is 16,550, according to the state Highway Administration; the average skein of circumstance we go between traffic accidents is 10 years, according to Allstate. (In particularly safe cities congenerous as Fort Collins, Colo., that enter can rise to 14 years — which is still no match for Google’s 300,000 miles.)
The Google hang in uses Toyota Priuses equipped disguise a range of cameras, radar sensors and laser range-finders to examine other traffic; exceptional software uses Google Maps to navigate routes. A pair of human drivers are always spell the cars, like crazy to take over prominence case of any malfunction, although Google says certain will now make using just one human per car. The cart also good added a Lexus RX450h to its Prius hypersonic (reckon with write up above).
In the past, the project says its robot cars have driven from the Googleplex in Silicon Valley to Santa Monica imprint LA, slaphappy “down [San Francisco's famously twisty] Lombard Street, crossed the Golden way bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it uncondensed the way around bayou Tahoe” — also that was all announced two second childhood ago.
So Google has appropriate meditate to be superior; existing is bringing us closer to the shift when we’ll stand for able to sit back, relax besides earn the crossword during our commute. But the convoy also admits it has a long way to go.
“To arrange the supreme experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter,” writes Chris Urmson, the driverless car team’s Engineering Lead, in a blog post. “For now, our team members will advance in the driver’s seats further will bear back operate if needed.”