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Most of us are familiar with the "magical" car from Sci-Fi movies that can drive itself. But now this magic car isn't just for the movies. There really is a humanlike car that can drive all on its own. Are your driving skills enough to keep up with these self-driving cars?

Driverless Cars Are Safer Than Human Drivers

With the amount of technology that is being put into these driverless cars, companies are aiming to make their cars as humanlike as possible. They want a car that can drive safer than any human being on the road. Teams working on this miracle car want to make sure the car's abilities are as real as can be. People are able to notice important details while driving, so why shouldn't a car notice them too?

The goal is to make a car that can not only drive itself, but also drive safe enough to not endanger the lives of anyone else on the road. Essentially the whole reason for inventing a car that can drive itself is to make the roads safer.

People tend to get easily distracted when they drive, but the advantage of the technology built into these cars is that the computer doesn't get distracted. The computer's one and only focus is the road. Even the best driver makes small mistakes but the hope with driverless cars is to prevent human mistakes on the road.

Driverless cars are able to sense things that drivers sometimes miss. The sensors in these cars are strong enough to recognize a cyclist's hand signals or the sudden appearance of an ambulance. With their computers calling the shots, these cars can recognize their surroundings and keep the people both inside and outside the cars safe.

The Road to Driverless Cars

Seven years ago Google started working on this specific idea. Since then they have come closer and closer to their goal. Studies show that within this seven year period these cars have traveled 2 million miles on public roads equaling about 300 years of human driving experience. This, of course, does not count the millions of miles the car has driven every day on a simulator created for this purpose.

With this type of advancement in technology, there are often some speed bumps along the way. However, Google was able to fix about 90% of the major issues within the first two years of development. They have spent the majority of their development on the last 10% and they will not release their driverless car until they have proven it is safe.

Meet the New Toyota Tacoma

Google is not the only company in the race to develop a self-driving vehicle. One of the main contenders is Toyota. Paving the way as one of their top cars in the running is the Toyota Tacoma. The design of this classic truck hasn't been revisited since the year 2005. But now, the new and improved Toyota Tacoma is on its way to becoming a driverless car. This new model has advancements in the overall look and feel of the truck as well as the potential to become a driverless car. With their revamped Toyota Tacoma, Toyota has come one step closer to creating a successful, driverless car. Still, they can't help but feel uneasy about being farther behind than other companies.

Ironically, in 2014 Toyota made a very strong statement explaining that they were not interested in developing a driverless car. One year later they changed their minds and decided to put their own rabbit in the race. They announced that they would spend $1 billion to invest in robotics in hopes that it would lead to their own advanced driverless vehicle technology.

Although being a little behind in the race, Toyota has estimated that in 2020 they will be able to produce a similar product to contend with Google. The driverless car Toyota is creating has already successfully changed lanes, kept safe distances from other cars on the road, and even merged onto highways similar to human drivers.Their driverless car is also able to accelerate, stop, and steer all on its own.

According to the Toyota employees that are working on this technology, their new car uses sensors to recognize vehicles and other hazards around the area. These cars are also able to select appropriate routes to various destinations and choose lanes that are safest.

Don't Worry: Your Driverless Car Is Here

Driverless cars are meant to drive better than any human without having someone behind the wheel. Every driver, no matter how experienced, makes mistakes. The self-driving car's main function is to get from destination to destination as safely as possible.

Driverless cars are being created to compensate for our inadequate driving skills. We can convince ourselves that we are good drivers, but in the end we all get distracted while on the road. The people at Google and Toyota are creating a car that will help decrease the number of accidents. Driverless cars are meant to be a safer driving option. So sit back, relax, and let your driverless car take the wheel.

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