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Google backs its pet project of seeing self-driving cars become a reality in a tweet from Google...

Google backs its pet project of seeing self-driving cars become a reality in a tweet from Google Auto that highlights that 60M Americans now live in states where cars theoretically could operate free of their owners. Though automakers such as GM, BMW (BAMXY.PK), and Audi (VLKAY.PK) have been researching the topic on their own, it's a tech company that's the clear leader in pushing the concept forward.
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  • 6fujitsu0
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    One simple point, the car's computers must not run windows for an operating system. Reboots, lock-ups, etc not acceptable at highways speeds. A good reason not to own a ford with their sync system (windows based).
    27 Sep 2012, 11:10 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Yeah.... let's just use iOS instead. It just works, as long as you don't need to use their maps LOL
    27 Sep 2012, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • mikeurl
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    I'm still puzzled why they don't roll out an accident avoidance system FIRST. So that the system would only take over when a crash is imminent and human reflexes can't possibly do a better job than a computer.

     

    I'd be all in on that. I'm not all that enthusiastic about a self-driving car. I don't think we're there yet socially or technologically. But accident avoidance tech? We're ready for that. I know personally I keep one eye on my rearview mirror because I assume the person behind me is texting or whatever and not paying attention. If I knew a computer would kick in and prevent cars from slamming into me I'd be able to focus more purely on just what is in front of me.

     

    There is my rant.
    27 Sep 2012, 11:22 AM Reply Like
  • Rob Peterson
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    @Ted,

     

    This is Rob Peterson from Chevrolet Communications. I'm surprised you believe NASA made it to Mars considering your belief in the conspiracy that GM and big oil are in cahoots or that we develop technology only to bury it (such as the 100 mpg carburator).

     

    I'm sure you'd be surprised to know that GM is also a leader in autonomous driving. ABC News recently test drove our technology http://spr.ly/ABC at our Milford Test Track. As stated in the video, we're working to not only refine the technology, but also to productionize it for the market.

     

    As for "that Volt thing" ... Volt owners are the most satisfied in the industry based on Consumer Reports most recent customer satisfaction study. In the past 18 months, they have put over 125 million real-world miles on the vehicles, 70 percent of which were powered solely by electricity. Over the past 18 months Chevrolet has sold over 21,000 Volt's. This is a new technology, acceptance in the marketplace will take time, but we've monthly sales growth since January (August sales of 2,831 were the best month ever). Additionally, the Volt has outsold nearly half of all vehicles on the market (including all vehicles from that "non-big five" company you reference).

     

    Bias aside, you may find that GM's goals of reducing our dependency on fossil fuels with vehicles like the Volt and delivering safer vehicle technologies to markets are actually one in the same.

     

    Thanks
    Rob
    27 Sep 2012, 03:22 PM Reply Like
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