Google’s mission is to “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
So, I’m not quite sure where in that statement, “create autonomous robotic cars that drive themselves” quite fits.
Still, that’s not stopped Google from building cars that, yes, drive themselves.
Our automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain.
So far, the cars have logged more than 140,000 miles, including such trips as…