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Google's latest: a 'driver' for your car

business Updated: Oct 10, 2010 21:20 IST
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Internet giant Google Inc has been working on a top secret project in plain view on Highway 1 between San Francisco and Los Angeles — vehicles that can drive themselves.

Seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control.

Last week Google demonstrated how a Prius equipped with artificial-intelligence software and a variety of sensors, following a route programmed into the GPS, could drive from the Google headquarters into city. A pleasant female voice would make announcements like “approaching a crosswalk” (to warn the human at the wheel) or “turn ahead”.

The programme is the brainchild of Sebastian Thrun, 43, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, a Google engineer.

Legal issues remain: in the case of an accident, who is responsible? the non-driving driver, or the software maker?

Meanwhile, if only it could do your texting for you.

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