Move over, George Jetson. These cars may not fly, but they pretty much take over at the wheel, and It all started with cruise control.
Driverless cars were the topic of conversation at lunch when my daughter and her boyfriend said Google is testing quite a few vehicles. The cars have been on the road for more than a year now.
From a New York Times article: “Driverless cars could change our lives, give us more green space, mobility, fewer hours wasted,” Larry Page, Google’s chief executive, said this month. “The average American spends 50 minutes commuting. Imagine if you got that back.”
Read the full article by clicking on the photo at left.
Here’s a link to last week’s article in Vehicles World.
According to Wikipedia, 10 Google driverless vehicles are on the road, but they do have drivers in them — just in case. They include: six Toyota Prius, an Audi TT, and three Lexus RX450h.
The vehicles can only be driven in specific states that permit the technology: Nevada, Florida and California, right now. And Google won’t be alone in their pursuit of the next big thing. Techcrunch.com says Mobileye is working to bring its own version of driverless technology to vehicles. Read the article here.
I hear a song in the making, “Google, take the wheel!!”
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.