Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced at Web 2.0 that Google's next goal for its driverless cars is to go 1,000,000 miles without driver intervention. According to Brin, Google's teams have already amassed more than 1,000 incident free miles without driver involvement.

Up to now, Google's driverless cars have gone 160,000 miles, but with some limited human input. The company admits that there's been one fender bender, but attributed that to human driver error rather than Google's software.

Google would like to reach a point where it's legal for driverless cars to mingle with everyday traffic, but Brin said there's a lot of research and development left to do. Before the technology can be marketable, Google says it needs to be developed to need to a point at which human drivers can ignore the road entirely. Click past the jump for a video with more details.



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      Ocellaris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Again no mention of how these systems handle regular occurrences like road construction with flag wavers directing people into other lanes, power outage situations taking all the street lights offline, and high slip situations like a snowy road. Google likes to mention how awesome their system is, however they have addressed any problem situations of what they plan to do when people encounter these things.
        justgoawaymad
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ocellaris
        yup....and how about something as simple as a ball or a dog or a kid running out onto the street. Does google think they can control all aspects of life? oh....wait....yea they do....never mind.
        chromal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ocellaris
        Yeah, I wonder how it would handle I-70 or US-285 west of Denver in whiteout conditions in which the lane markings are completely obscured by snow. The solution to bad human drivers isn't automated driving, it's better driver education and training
          Jim Funke
          • 3 Years Ago
          @chromal
          Simple. GPS. The vehicle doesn't need to "see" the lane markings. They are already doing this with Snowplows in Minnesota.
      bvz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this tech to be released. I love driving my 3 series, but what a drag it is to sit in stop and go traffic, or to aimlessly search for a parking spot. If I could just "hail" a car by tapping a button on my phone and then be chauffeured to my destination, that would be awesome. People who don't live in the city can still drive if they want to, and I will still drive for pleasure on the weekends, but during the week, hell no. Besides, this is the future. It will happen eventually no matter what we think about it. Might as well make your peace with it. References to old 80's hair bands aside.
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      When all cars have the tech to be able to greatly slow down before a collision we won't need such heavy crash protection (= faster cars). Give semi's a different algorithm so they sense possible collisions further out making everyone on the road safer. Those who don't want to drive give over control and get in 1 lane. The rest of the lanes are for real drivers who no longer have to dodge zombies all the time. No one will be able to force people to give over control of driving if you do want to drive. that's paranoid.
      bman78
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I could get to work and during the drive check email, voicemail or read the reports before i get to my desk that would be fantastic! I love driving but sometimes that extra 30 minutes of driving to work and another 30 minutes back home feels like a waste of time.
      nitrostreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      "a point at which human drivers can ignore the road entirely" Well, that point was years ago..... seriously, with Googles vastly enormous cash reserves I don't have any idea why they would even think of this, if someone can spill coffee in their lap and get a huge settlement from McDonalds I can hardly wait to see what happens when a Google-controlled car mangles or kills someone......doesn't matter who's fualt it is, only who has the largest bank account.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        JayP
        • 3 Years Ago
        "Gleaming alloy air-cars" indeed.
        krische
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah it's so exciting and thrilling to drive in bumper to bumper traffic! This technology is not meant to be for car enthusiasts. It's for the "A to B" car drivers that just want to quickly and safely go to work, home, store, etc.
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yay one less thing we have to do!!!
      turingTest
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Prius is so awful to drive, the only way I'd ever buy one is if it can drive itself.
      lineside128
      • 3 Years Ago
      Google doesn't like that it is against the law for people to use their search engine while driving. That is billions of lost hours every day behind the wheel. Free up that time, and it means more time to use Google. They'll turn it into $Billions$ in revenue.
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      When computers screw up they screw up in spectacular and ridiculous ways.
      ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol just jump on back and catch a ride.
      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      These are the kinds of projects that separate Google from Apple. While Google is trying to solve global problems, Apple is stuck trying to profit from them.
      gallandof
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for tech like this, will help alleviate traffic so much. easier to get everyone at the same speed, less likely to have people rubbernecking at every cop on the side of the road.
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