Google was granted a patent for bus detection on autonomous vehicles, which comes just weeks after one the company's driverless models hit a transit bus. The company filed for the patent well before the crash, though.
Self Driving Car
Drivers are intrigued by the benefits of self-driving cars, but they remain concerned about the safety and cost such vehicles could introduce into the marketplace, according to a study published by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute in late July.
You have perhaps heard of the Google Car that drives itself? Maybe you have heard of the "autonomous car," which is pretty much the same idea. If it sounds like all kinds of pie in the sky, Jetsons-like tech that will never end up in your driveway, think again. It's here in some cars already and spreading.
As kids, many of us were conditioned to develop an affinity for Bill Nye. Think about it. If you were watching his popular educational show Bill Nye The Science Guy it meant either one of two things: you were sitting at home enjoying a strong 90's-era lineup of after-school programming on PBS, or your science teacher didn't show up for class again and you were actually watching TV in school. Either way, you were happy.
While many of us realize that drastic steps may be necessary in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from our automobiles, the idea of giving up the actual act of driving to machinery and computers seems a bit far-fetched. Still, with lane-departure warnings, blind-spot warnings and adaptive cruise control already on the market, not to mention self-parking cars, who knows what the future holds? None of these new technologies would ever be possible without a great deal of research and dev
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