Google’s autonomous cars are everywhere, having logged nearly 200K miles of driverless miles in all sorts of conditions. There’s a bunch of technology in there powering the system (embedded link has some cool video presentations):
- a Velodyne 64-beam laser for creating detailed 3D maps of the environment
- four radars to detect traffic
- cameras to detect traffic lights
- an inertial measurement unit & wheel encoder
There was a lot of learning to program into the cars based on modeling human habits and showing a bit of aggression to avoid the algorithms constantly yielding. Google’s next goal? Getting a threefold increase in safe miles by hitting a target of one million miles.
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