Chris Urmson, the Google car Funktion autonomous car project leader was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal that he did a few confidences on the future of the Google Car autonomous.
This expert in robotics and artificial intelligence has confirmed to the journalist that the U.S. has no ambition to build himself a car. Google is currently looking for partners who could add some autonomous “powered by Google” car to their lines.
Google wants to go fast. The goal of Google is to roll the first test as early as 2015 cars! For Chris Urmson, the hardware is no longer a problem. He estimated that the price of laser technology, the LIDAR, is now affordable. He said that the autonomous mode will be initially limited to 40 km/h (25 mph). If the automotive industry is marketing of fully autonomous vehicles by 2025, Chris Urmson maintains are objective of 2017-2020 without wanting to make a deadline. It will address manufacturers in January at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.
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Source : “Google Seeks Partners for Self-Driving Car”, The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2014