The Google Driverless Car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars. The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View. Thrun’s team at Stanford created the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and its US$2 million prize from the United States Department of Defense. The team developing the system consisted of 15 engineers working for Google, including Chris Urmson, Mike Montemerlo, and Anthony Levandowski who had worked on the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges.
I see this as an amazing tool in traveling long distances. If I want to take a 6 hour road trip a self-driving car would enable me to do this without needing to stop and rest. I wouldn’t feel the need to use it around town in my day-to-day life. Imagine driving across the country and being able to look out the window the entire time, instead of worrying about the road…
Official Release Date: 2014