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Google's dabbling with a self-driving car concept keeps getting more serious. After successfully...

Google's dabbling with a self-driving car concept keeps getting more serious. After successfully pulling off a test run in Silicon Valley, the company announced another shocker today by hiring the deputy director of the NHTSA to be its director of safety for self-driving cars. With Google clearly leading the pack in development of the burgeoning technology, the next thing to watch is if it forms a partnership with any of the automakers trying to develop their own self-driving programs.
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  • pat1000
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    Musk has shown an interest in Google's car and we know those boys are friends and have invested with Elon in the past---
    Of course it's only for Tesla products-----

     

    Maybe Tesla will be the first self-driving car????
    16 Nov 2012, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    I don't know I think this is all about their maps data gathering rather than developing a serious car sales unit. Imagine a car in every county/city!

     

    I see the Google cars on the 280 corridor between SF and SJ regularly and they would have to have a game changing camera to fit into the Tesla mystique. The camera now is like a roof vent ontop of a spider frame, Ugly!
    16 Nov 2012, 03:04 PM Reply Like
  • Paul Godsmark
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    The Lidar on top of the existing cars will most likely be replaced by a solid-state device when these vehicles are ready to hit the public roads in less than 5 years time. (Ibeo have said that they will rpvide Lidar in 2014 at $250 each - rather than the current $70k for a Velodyne).
    The fit with Tesla looks really good to me - both Steve Jurveston and Musk have announced in interviews in the last three months that they love the idea of self-driving cars and as I see it, this tech will be the final catalyst (if one is needed) for electric vehicles to really take off in a big way.
    22 Nov 2012, 03:24 AM Reply Like
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