March 29, 2012

Google's Self-driving Car

It feels like it is still too early to say, "I told you so!"  I've been saying for a number of years now that we will see cars that drive themselves in my lifetime.  My first profession was to entertain and educate middle school adolescents about the wonders of Science.  That being said, we talked about technological innovation a lot.  Every year we would discuss cars that drive themselves.  I paid attention to the DARPA Grand Challenge and am really looking forward to a vehicle that will allow me to sleep while it drives me to Colorado for a quick ski weekend.  Looks like all it took was Google to put its colossal weight behind the idea to see real and true results.

I'm sure that Google looked at a lot of the research from the universities and colleges that participated in DARPA.  I'm really curious to see how the vehicle navigated the drive thru.  The video raised a lot of questions for me.  Obviously, the program is still early on, but it seems like they've reached a point where the car is safe on public roadways.  Now it wasn't a bumper to bumper stereotypical California highway, but it was a four lane road.  This car could easily fit in around Kansas City with all of our un-congested highways, roadways, and back roads.

It would be nice to eat a taco without having to worry about controlling the vehicle with my knees. Here's to hoping that eventually this car makes the rounds as a press car.  I will be way at the end of the line, but it's nice just to be in line.

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