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New patent advances driverless technologyBack

DriverlessCarsGoogle is getting closer to dominating real roads after just winning a new patent that advances Google Car self-drive capabilities.

The new patent enables a robot within the car to automatically read and interpret road signs and oncoming obstacles which will bring many benefits to driver safety in the future.

Ken McCall, Managing Director of Europcar UK Group said: “This is a really exciting time to be living in, with these sorts of developments making concepts that would have been laughed at a few years ago a real possibility in the near future – I am personally excited by the prospect of having Google do the driving for me!”

As well as reading road signs, the new robot developed by Google enables the Google car to follow any diversions put in place, check for oncoming vehicles and identify and avoid any unexpected obstacles.

The new technology is made possible by Google’s recent ownership of social mapping company, Waze, purchased in a speculated 1.3 billion deal last June. The company is capable of providing Google with the real-time traffic and accident information needed to enhance the Google Car.

So far, Google’s driverless technology has been a resounding success, with Google reporting that during test runs of its car, its driverless vehicles have travelled more than 300,000 miles autonomously without a single incident occurring.

“Although it’s fun to step in the realms of the future with the possibility of unmanned vehicles, there is a serious side too” added Ken McCall. “This innovation could ease some of the doubts about the safety of driverless technology, thereby increasing the likelihood it will happen.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 17/03/2014