Google Self-Driving Car to hit the road within 5 years

Google Driverless Car, Image Source: Forbes.com

Google Driverless Car, Image Source: Forbes.com

Driven by the desire to save lives and make automobile transport safer, the head of Google’s self-driving project, Chris Urmson announced that Google are forging ahead and hope to bring driverless cars to the market within five years, before his 11 year old son is ready to take his driving test.

At the TED conference in Vancouver on Tuesday, he quoted alarming statistics in road deaths:

“Some 1.2 million people are killed on the roads around the world each year. That number is equivalent to a jet falling out of the sky every day.”

He professed the belief that with human error taken out of the equation, a comprehensive self-driving car would reduce this greatly.

The Google Self-driving car has been tested against extreme and unpredictable situations and will not be released to market until it is safe enough to deal with a plethora of adversities without any human input.

A demo of Google’s Self-Driving Car may be viewed here.

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