Why the Google car may never make it to market
Google have received allot of fame in recent years for producing cars that can drive themselves. However, they as of yet have refused to release them to market, and claim that they don’t want to get into the automobile business. Although they currently don’t have plans to enter this market, they haven’t denied that they may enter it within the next five years. However, Google still has some obstacles to over come before they can park themselves in a nice space in the market.
Reasons Google haven’t released the cars
- The Google car’s can’t tell the difference between a rock and a piece of paper. This means the car could stop suddenly for a very long time for no good reason.
- The car’s can’t detect pot holes or man hole covers meaning that they can easily be victim to these disasters.
- The car’s haven’t been tested in poor weather, not even heavy rain. They may not be up to the job.
- They are unable to respond to police signals, for instance if there is an accident ahead. This makes them unsafe for the road.
- The cars have difficulty navigating through construction zones.
- It is set to Google’s own maps. This means that new roads and new stop lights will not be featured in the cars map so it posses as a danger to other drivers.
- Audi’s piloted drive, made up of 30 sensors surrounding the car meaning that it can detect hazards, the road markings and with an internal GPS detects the maximum speed for the road whilst showing the route one can take. However, this does not remove the driver from the cockpit as he or she still has to work the pedals and the steering wheel. This doesn’t quite meat Google’s level of auto pilot but certainly avoids the errors that Google come across as above.
- Audi’s traffic light recognition is yet another invention of theirs that they will also be introducing to their new vehicles. This is linked in with a local computer that the city has that monitors what colour the traffic lights are and when they are going to change. This tells the driver what speed they should be going at at most to avoid stopping and starting and reduce fuel consumption. If these city computers are up to date then this could reduce some of the troubles that Google are coming across.
- Volvo’s car to car communication are currently only in 5 cars in the entire world. It does exactly as the two Audi concepts above except it also detects emergency vehicle that are on their way. A variety of car manufacturers are currently trying to create a platform so that all cars can communicate together so that every car will be detected by every car making driving completely effortless.
- Some Land rover’s are also being made with smart glass windows and screen ins the back of the seats to make the ride more entertaining (ignoring the windscreen). This means that those who aren’t driving will be able to enjoy games, movies and a variety of other things.