Tech giant Google announced Austin, Texas is next on their list of US cities where they want to bring their self-driving car. Google’s prototypes are all ready to hit the streets of the Texan city in a next couple of weeks. The cars were previously tested at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Google is currently testing 6 Lexus SUVs equipped with driver-less technology in Austin and will soon release them on the streets. The cars, just like the first prototypes, all have safety drivers to handle the situation in unforeseen circumstances. Google hasn’t yet scheduled when they will release the cars on the streets driver free.
The teach giant claims that their cars were designed in order to make streets safer. With their use of programmed cars, the company expects to improve the traffic flow. The new prototypes will be tested soon on the streets of Austin to see how they will respond to heavy traffic, road objects and various weather conditions. For starters, they will be circulating in the small neighborhood areas in North downtown.
One problem in Austin apart from the horizontal street signs are the deers that cross the roads. Google is aware of that and is making some adjustments in the A.I. of the self-driving cars.
So far, the only challenge the autonomous cars encountered was that they might be a little too safe to drive alongside human drivers. Statistics speak by themselves: of the 11 minor accidents reported by Google in Mountain View, California. Each and every time an incident happened the company placed the blame on human drivers.
The tech giant states that their cars are equipped with sensors everywhere and high-end breaks that keep their cars from crashing into anything. The people at Google even joked that they may have to teach their cars to drive more aggressively in order to face up to the human drivers.
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