Google announced recently that it has been test driving cars that drive themselves. And, there has only been one accident so far, a human rear-ended one of the Google cars (so, human error is to blame.)
The cars are manned by two people. One person sits in the driver's seat ready to hit the brake or turn the wheel if anything should go wrong. The passenger is an engineer who monitors the software operations on a computer.
Google's number one concern is safety. They believe that cars powered by computers would make driving safer because there would be less driver error.
The cars could also help with fuel prices; they could be engineered to use less fuel while driving. However, the big benefit is that the driver could relax and use the time they would be driving to work for other things.
Do you want a Google car? Well, you're going to have to wait at least 8 years before they enter the market.
- Google Is Testing Cars That Drive Themselves (Mashable)
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