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Google's self-driving cars clock up 300,000 miles without an accident

Still have far to go
Wed Aug 08 2012, 15:57
Google self-drive cars have now clocked up over 30000 miles

SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has announced that its self-driving cars have racked up almost 300,000 miles on the clock with no recorded accidents.

Announced by Google in 2011, the project aims to push the boundaries of technology by introducing driverless technology into the real world.

Google self-drive cars have now clocked up over 30000 miles

Despite saying that its prototype cars cope well with dodging everyday hazards, Google still has plenty it needs to do before they become a part of our reality.

Engineering lead Chris Urmson explained in a company blog post on Tuesday, "To provide the best experience we can, we'll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter."

Urmson added that the firm will start letting its test drivers use the vehicles on their own, rather than in pairs, although he said the ability to retake control of the wheel remains paramount while participating in trials.

"One day we hope this capability will enable people to be more productive in their cars. For now, our team members will remain in the driver's seats and will take back control if needed," he said.

Although Google claims there have been no accidents as a result of its driverless cars, one was involved in an incident in August 2011, causing a five car smash-up.

However, the firm blamed this on human error, saying it wasn't in autopilot mode at the time of the collision, suggesting that computers are better drivers than humans. µ


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