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Google Designing Its Own Self-Driving Car, Considers ‘Robo Taxi’

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by twinklejet, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. twinklejet

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    I don't know if Tesla is involved but I know IBM is. And IBM is working on Lithium-Air batteries. They are suppose to have a prototype ready soon. So it would most likely be electric. Now I don't think Google is going to make the car themselves and most likely will contract a manufacturer to make it for them.

    So the close relationship Tesla has with Google might make it possible.
     
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    Seem to recall Elon saying he had differing ideas for the tech used in future auto-automobiles. Google seems to use radar tech, Elon was more interested in developing camera tech. Not sure what the basis for that is, but iirc he didnt go much further into it.
     
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    Imagine a world in which the top two auto-makers are Silicon Valley companies, Tesla and Google.

    Detroit needs to get its head out of its nether regions.
     
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    Elon isn't a fan of Google's current reliance on LIDAR to map their surroundings. Here's another research effort which actually looks more promising, even if they aren't quite as far along. As least they are using the right type of car (ie. electric) - in this case a Nissan Leaf: http://mrg.robots.ox.ac.uk/robotcar/index.html
     
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    What's the power train for this vehicle? Is it electric? I just haven't seen it mentioned. The short view of the back of the car coming off the transport truck didn't reveil an exhaust pipe (to me), but it wasn't a great angle.
     
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    Gawd, what a silly, silly car. Google is going to make 100 of these? max speed of 25 mph? Why, worried about crashing? I've got news for you, but half of all accidents are the other guy's fault. How will this "car" fare when a Suburban t-bones it in an intersection? The on board computer will recognize the incoming missile and have just enough time to log "oh ****".

    And then there is the ugly and impractical LIDAR spinning on top. The main reason why Elon didn't partner with Google on driverless cars is Google's reliance on LIDAR.

    While I applaud Google for hiring the Stanford research team that made the first successful driverless car prototype, they have completely screwed up the commercial implementation of it. No one will want to be seen dead in this toy car. Google's effort continues to be run as a research effort, and scholarly research papers are the only thing that will come of it.

    Elon's parallel effort may or may not succeed, but if it does, you can bet that the driverless car he produces will be something that people want to buy.
     
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