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Google A1 Robot Autonomous Robot Cars

Updated on September 28, 2018
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.

Google Robot Controlled Car
Google Robot Controlled Car

Google Robot Cars

Google has been creating and testing these robot or Google driverless cars on the streets in the USA. It seems life is imitating fiction again as This invention reminds me of Kitt from the 1980s television series Knight Rider. They both have Artificial Intelligence. That means once it is programmed it will drive you where you want to go. You sit back and enjoy the journey. Automotive intelligence Automobiles are here.

Automotive Cars

So far the cars have been out on the highways of California and have been tested over 140,000 miles. Because of the Law there has always been a human person in the car. But the Google Robot car got on with the job and drove on the streets by its self.

Google Technology

Artificial intelligence experiments by Google. They are operated by Google technology and were linked to GPS satellite navigation technology. The route was programmed into the GPS navigation system. The car is able to drive without human assistance. It is fitted with video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder. Google already used normal cars to map out the predetermined journey so that the car would be able to get from A to B.

Google already used normal cars to map out the area of the predetermined journeys around the city of California. Every road, traffic lights, sidewalk etc was noted and entered on to the GPS navigation system. The system also has a data base of speed limits that the robot car always adheres to. With this artificial intelligence software installed the robot car is able to sense anything that human beings can and therefore make safe and predictable decisions while driving along the roads.

Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Google engineer Sebastian Thrun is in charge of creating and testing this new technology that will again see Google change the lives of millions of people all over the world. Sebastian Thrun is quoted as saying, “Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.”

Technology Conference

Google attended the Technology Entertainment Design Conference and show cased the robot car to the media. There were also leading technology entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world who were present.

One of Google’s robot cars was seen travelling at speed and with great accuracy on a closed course in Long Beach California. These Self Driving Car can have one of two different driving personalities.

Cautious Personality

If the car is programmed with the cautious personality then the car will drive in a way that a normal cautious human being would drive it. The robot car would take more time and stop sooner at approaching lights if they are changing to red. It would also be more likely to allow another driver to pass them on the highway.

Aggressive Personality

If the car is programmed with the aggressive personality then the car will drive in a way that a more confident human being would drive it. The robot car would be more aggressive because of the confidence in its ability to drive through traffic safely and the traffics lights on time.

To me this shows that Google as always is thinking outside the box. When these cars are on the road they would not sell many to the more cautious driver if the robot insisted on being more aggressive on the journey. The opposite is also possible. Those who like to drive quicker would lose patience if the robot kept stopping at lights etc way too early.

Real Life Imitating Fiction

The Television show Knight Rider 1982–1986. Starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight and KITT as the artificial intelligent Robot Car KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand. KITT was a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am car. One of the features of the car was that it could drive by itself therefore allowing Michael Knight played by David Hasselhoff to fight the bad guys.

Of course for anyone old enough to remember the TV series they will be aware that KITT could also perform many more functions which were more advanced than just self driving. The way Google has been a leading innovator in new products over the short years it has been in existence it would not surprise me if these other amazing features from the Knight Rider car would some day also be possible.

The Television Show Star Trek 1966 – 1969

I remember watching the TV show Star Trek in the late sixties as a young child. I was fascinated by the communication devices that the crew of the Star ship Enterprise used. And when the doors opened by themselves on the Enterprise I always thought it would be cool to have them. Of course now fifty years later we are all using our cell phones and mobile phones as a necessity rather than a luxury.The sliding doors are also common place in stores, train etc. Even the computers they had on the Star ship Enterprise were touch sensitive and we have that too.

Artificial Intelligence

This Google artificial intelligence technology that allows the safe driving of these cars is still in the very early stages. It will be a few years yet before any of these cars can be mass produced. But now that the software engineers have created this new concept of the the car that does not need the driver to drive it will not be long before the lives of people all over the world are changed for ever. Google is always creating new technology that will chance the lives of people in the world for the better. These Robot Cars will certainly do that!

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    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      10 months ago from Ireland

      AI is getting more advanced every day. Autonomous cars will soon be the norm on our roads.

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      WheelScene 

      18 months ago from U.S.A.

      I really like your breakdown of the technology and how it has advanced over time. I wonder though how autonomous cars will react to cautious vs aggressive human drivers. The reason the Uber-Volvo autonomous car crashed was due to a human driver not yielding. As much as we can build extremely predictive systems i think it will remain a challenge to interact with the varying driver styles of humans on the road. Also objects such as a piece of metal to be avoided vs a plastic bag that does not need to be avoided. Will the autonomous system be able to compute the difference and act accordingly?

    • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

      L M Reid 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      Yes Google Driverless cars do sound incredible. But when I was a kid so MANY things did too.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      GL-Fox 

      6 years ago

      Not as amazing as KITT. :)

      But seriously, This shows we have yet reached a limit on AI. We still may have barely touched on what can be done.

      This piece of teck being made by Google now may one day be thought of as a kids toy pet project, like LEGO mind storms are now. Google is just creating another door to what can be done soon if not already.

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      amrutha 

      6 years ago

      It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Emma 

      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Great and wonderful hub,thanks for sharing.

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      suziecat7 

      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      This is sooooo cool. Thanks for the interesting Hub. I need to come back and watch all the videos.

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