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Google’s Autonomous Car

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The future of the automobile is being made in front of us. With hybrids and electric cars in full production and new models being taken off the concept shelf and being put into testing, the next step in the evolution of the car is already in the works. This week, Google announced that they had created a completely autonomous car prototype that is electric, seats two people, and has no break or gas pedals.

A Self Driving Car

The evolution of the automobile has been in motion since the invention of the first motorized car. Innovators, inventors, and enthusiasts alike have all been looking for ways to make cars more efficient, more luxurious, and more exciting to fit the needs and desires of all. Currently hybrids and all electric cars are pouring into the market as customer are looking for more fuel sipping cars or cars that will help save them money as well as provide range with more green technology. Going back generations ago the idea of a fully electric car having the range of a more modern gas powered car with all the bells and whistles of one too. The next logical step in the evolution of the automobile would be a self driving car. Google is taking it a step further making the car fully electric in order to ferry people to and from locations with pre-programmed destinations.

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Google is seemingly looking to put its hand in every industry that could be associated with technology that they can find. Their current project the completely autonomous car is fully electric and seats two people. It doesn’t have a steering wheel, but then again there isn’t a need for one. The company has stated that they are looking to build up to 100 of these electric cars that are being produced in order ferry people to and from their locations in a city setting. The car only has a top speed of 25 miles per hour and the range has yet to be released. The car looks like a smaller version of the VW Beetle with a flat screen in the car to show the occupants the route in which the car is taking them on. There are two seats and buttons on the interior for the operation of the windows as well as to turn on and off the car.

This is not the first time that Google is going after the construction of a self driving car. They have tried in the past to make fully autonomous cars that were previous based on the current production models produced by Toyota and Lexus. Just as with those attempts their current model will use lidar and radar sensors in order to detect cars, pedestrians and other objects and people on the road or around the car up to 200 yards away. The goal of the fully autonomous car is to create less stress that is typically associated with the day to day dull driving experience and give its passengers the opportunity to spend more time enjoying the ride or the ability to focus on other priorities.

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Initial Consumer Push-back

A survey that was conducted by polled current drivers with a focus on those looking at hybrid technology as well as those without that type of focus. The survey asked roughly 1500 consumers if they were for or against the concept of an autonomous car. This study came out before the release of the Google car and found that only 22 percent of those who gave feedback were interested in buying a self driving car. Over 43 percent said that not only were they not interested in buying a autonomous car, but that they thought it was a “bad idea”. There seems to be a line in the sand when it comes to technology being put into cars such as voice activated entertainment systems, navigation, and blue tooth. There seems to be a difference between the generations in what they desire and think should be must haves in a car, but the one option that the vast majority can agree on is that a self driving car is not what the market is looking for currently.

Google’s autonomous car will be the next evolutionary stage for the automobile, but how far these advance go will eventually become completely dependent on that the consumer market is looking for and willing to pay for. It is not entirely unimaginable to think that cruise control might be replaced as a feature where the car will from time to time be able to drive itself. The current market and the consumer that are investing in the purchase of a vehicle are currently unwilling to give up the independence and pleasure that comes from driving a car. What has long been the first of a lifetime of milestones, the freedom that comes from the ability to drive is not one the consumers are willing to give up just yet.



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