With someone behind the wheel to take control if something goes awry and a technician in the passenger seat to monitor the navigation system, seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control. One even drove itself down Lombard Street in San Francisco, one of the steepest and curviest streets in the nation. The only accident, engineers said, was when one Google car was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light.
I'm extremely skeptical this will go anywhere (SWIDT?). Computers are good at limited domains. Driving is not a limited domain. Worse, driving is like 90% a limited domain, 9% "routine emergencies" and 1% extreme excitement.
Isn't the reason we don't have self driving cars, aside from the technology being relatively young, that manufacturers worried about liabilities?
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