A recent article published by the MIT Technology Review suggested that Google’s autonomous vehicles already outperform human drivers.
Their analysis showed that showed that when a human was behind the wheel, Google’s cars accelerated and braked significantly more sharply than they did when piloting themselves. Another showed that the cars’ software was much better at maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead than the human drivers were.
“We’re spending less time in near-collision states,” said Chris Urmson, the leader of Google’s autonomous-car project. “Our car is driving more smoothly and more safely than our trained professional drivers.”
Interestingly while most people are talking about the massive challenges ahead to gain regulatory approval for self driving cars, Chris is quick to dismiss these claims, pointing out that California, Nevada, and Florida have already adjusted their laws to allow tests of self-driving cars.
And existing product liability laws make it clear that a car’s manufacturer would be at fault if the car caused a crash, he said. He also said that when the inevitable accidents do occur, the data autonomous cars collect in order to navigate will provide a powerful and accurate picture of exactly who was responsible.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the day you can jump in, start up and clock off while your car drives you to work?