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Roddy

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Google’s driverless car is one step closer to parking itself in your driveway.
The tech behemoth has been awarded a U.S. patent for a key feature of the technology that will allow a vehicle to transition from human to autonomous control, the BBC reports.

The procedure involved uses sensors on the car to identify a “landing strip” identified by a sign or other type of marker, such as a QR code painted on the surface of the road, which marks the beginning of a predetermined self-driving zone. The car would then confirm its location via GPS and proceed autonomously by tracking its exact location through a combination of map data and visual landmarks.

Read: Google Unveils Driverless Car Tech

While Google has already tested a vehicle capable of self-driving on the open road, the idea behind the patent is to create a safe way for the car to operate itself within regulated areas or without any people on board for backup control. This would allow a “driver” to leave the car at the entrance to a garage, where it would park and retrieve itself, or for the vehicle to take passengers on a self-guided tour of a specific location.

A prototype based on a Toyota Prius uses a roof-mounted, rotating lidar to monitor its surroundings, which is accurate to less than an inch. Google says it has completed a 1,000 mile challenge, covering that distance over a complex route without any human intervention.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin told the Web 2.0 summit in October that "a thousand miles is a good deal. But we do need to get on to doing a million miles. We're getting there -- I'm optimistic."

The company has not yet said when it expects the technology to go into production.


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dman1234

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I dont even like getting in the car with my wife driving so im certainly not gonna let google drive.
 
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Roddy

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LOL, not at first, at least....better refine things and prove it first!
 
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A prototype based on a Toyota Prius uses a roof-mounted, rotating lidar to monitor its surroundings, which is accurate to less than an inch. Google says it has completed a 1,000 mile challenge, covering that distance over a complex route without any human intervention.

Sounds pretty promising though, accurate to less than an inch...NICE!
 

ArtVandolay

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I don't get it - where would a driverless car want to go? Pick up female cars at the junkyard?
 

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Now it'll be even easier for john q fed/law to shut/track you down...:rolleyes: One step closer to Borg assimilation....lol
 
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Time4Plan-B

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What if the cars brakes failed like all toyotas seem to do
Lol
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I'm sure there'll be failsafes added to protect people both inside and out of the cars.
 

NorCalHal

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Haha...load em up and send em back east! Send em by the thousands!
 
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7greeneyes said:
Now it'll be even easier for john q fed/law to shut/track you down...:rolleyes: One step closer to Borg assimilation....lol
I believe they're already ahead of you....that ins commercial with Flo sporting that tracking device and touting it as the next big thing in the world....scary!
 

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I'ld end up with the only car that drinks.

:confused2:Would they give the car a DUI if you used E85 fuel in it?

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