Self-driving Car -> Driverless Car
A driverless car is a car that has been modified to allow it to be controlled by a computer.
Google has recently demonstrated that self driving cars are feasible with today's technology. It is likely that this type of smart car will eventually much safer than today's cars, and with computer power rising exponentially (Moore's Law) and computing costs dropping, it won't be long before this sort of technology is common, and perhaps even mandated as a safety feature.
The Google cars use LIDAR, radar and video cameras to navigate.
Local Government Implications
- Safer cars would reduce the number of accidents, and hence the cost to Council. They would also tend to drive down the cost of insurance.
- It may prove possible to employee some of the cars' sensors to collect traffic & road condition data.
- Councils typically have a large fleet of vehicles and Council offices are often located near to transport hubs. A very progressive Council could consider converting their fleet to driverless vehicles and having them double as driverless taxis when not in use.
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External Links & References
- Google Search
- Google has robotic self driving cars (Next Big Future)
- Robot Audi Races Up Pikes Peak (Singularity Hub)
- China gains on Google in driverless car race with 177 mile road trip video (Singularity Hub)
- Ford predicts self driving cars by 2017
- What will happen to truck drivers when self-driving vehicles take over? (Washington Post - November 2013)