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Our self-driving cars have spent the last year mastering city streets—no easy feat when you consider jaywalkers, cyclists, delivery trucks blocking the road, etc.—and have now logged nearly 700,000 autonomous miles. Get the latest: http://goo.gl/p5qSmu
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Very nice, this would be best if used in cooperation with other vehicles of the same self driving technology, it would significantly reduce accidents and solve traffic issues as well as guarantee safety of the road. Hopefully in the future
 
Incredible! It's nice to know when I'm too old to drive anymore that maybe my car will be able to drive for me.
 
It is as simple as watering plants and washing dishes , we just have to be aware of our surrounding and adhere to road courtesy not to practice the  ever destructive road rage.
 
Do you get many kids winding up the computer and stopping the car?
 
Undoubtedly, self-driving cars will soon have exceptionally better driving records than even the best human drivers. If insurance costs come down proportionately it will boost the adoption rate. 

However, we may need legislation to protect the developers of these systems, else every single fender-bender will turn into another lawsuit against them. Development could come to a halt, just like so many other products in the U.S.
 
I hope these guys become mainstream soon! Can't wait Google 😄 
 
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I was driving down the highway the other day, having a talk with my kids. I told them when they are adults they will hop in the car and just tell it where you want to go then kick back, fire up your vr headset and go to the movies....Their jaws dropped at the thought of it.
 
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+Sandy Corzeta Did SkyNet also make self driving cars? I can't recall them in any of the movies.
 
so cool, awesome!!!!!
 
+Michał Berus Sure, but they didn't care much for the bike riders, pedestrians and other traffic. This, at least on the face of it, is more interested in driver, passenger and third party safety, whereas SkyNet HKs were more interested in targeting for destruction.
 
I sure hope these self-driving cars remain safe on the streets of Manila. 
 
Manila and Italy have rudimentary traffic laws, albeit somewhat complex vehicle-pedastrian customs. The ultimate "city" to stress-test the Google Self-Driving car would be Mumbai or Vietnam. Their "developed" roads are so messy there are viral youtube videos of them.
 
Are the streets of Italy unpredictable as well? Our streets are overflowing with ill-mannered drivers and ignorant pedestrians here. 
 
How about experimenting with a autonomous big rig.
 
It would be really cool to have my car drive me to work then return home on its own for someone else in my family to use it.
 
Hey +Google if you can do all this... How hard would it be to tell us the speed limit of our current route and warn us when we are over a predetermined speed. +Google Maps
 
correct me if im wrong, isn't it illegal to be in the cross walk at the same time as a pedestrian?
 
+William Bliss I don't know- I mean these things will probably have so many sensors and record so much info it will probably be easier to zero into exactly who was at fault.
 
+Jake Van Epps cant imagne its that hard, Nokias Here Maps do it and i dont think they're nearly as large as google Maps
 
Google taxis summoned with your smartphone someday.
 
+Jeff Chapman i summon taxis with my smart phone all the time, i push the phone icon then i push a series of numbers and before you know it theres a taxi
 
I think it will be a LONG time before we see actual self driving smart cars...

I think we'll see Google licensing the tech out for more active safety features that take over in emergencies, and potentially unsafe situations.
 
+Travis Koger Agreed! So I'm getting the impression the technology is for turnpike and freeway vehicles for now. 
 
+Anthony Esposito I think +Jason Stewart  was talking about driver-less taxis with more room for passengers. Less likely to scam an out-of-towner by driving the long way to the destination. Less likely to be on the phone the whole time they are driving.
 
+John Fitzmaurice it was a sarcastic answer i got what he was saying and a good way to prevent the long way to destination scam is to open google maps on your phone as soon as you get in the taxi and choose the destination so that you have a reliable map
 
More than just "the long way" scams I think it would help curb things like racial profiling. 
Mo Li
 
Good.
 
+Anthony Esposito I got the sarcasm. I was just trying to bring it back to a serious discussion of the benefits of a driver-less taxi.
Also,
 "a good way to prevent the long way to destination scam is to open google maps on your phone as soon as you get in the taxi and choose the destination so that you have a reliable map"
is not necessarily true. Google maps does not have reliable real-time data while you are driving through a city. It is currently better suited to more long distance traveling.
It does not take short term traffic jams and detours into account. 
I can envision a network of driver-less cars in a city updating each other about traffic issues in real-time and making adjustments on the fly.
Actually, it's the same thing taxi drivers should be doing with their radios.
 
This would probably work in the future. When all cars would run the same. Technology would get rid of people behaving badly
 
I wonder how many people these things hit every year
 
+Dave Kessler "I wonder how many people these things hit every year" Can it be any more than it is now with distracted and impaired drivers?
 
To my understanding, the program has been in 2 accidents since it started. Both happened while the car was being manually driven. 
 
so
strap a code activated vending machine on to that wheelbase instead of a people carrier ...

then you can beat Amazon to drone delivery systems without and this bit is very important!
without cutting someones head of with a quadrocopter!
 
700,000 automated miles without a single crash. It's official. I want these cars to replace every car in my county. 
 
That's fucking awesome.
 
2 concerns I have(and they maybe unfounded) could these vehicles be hacked or altered by some 3rd party and who is at fault in the event of a crash... 
 
+Google pls. I've been trying to keep my old car going because I've been saying for years that the next car I buy will be a Google self driving one. You wouldn't want to make me a liar would you?
 
+Marc Grondin easy solution, user override. Just like how navigation was when it was first introduced you should still pay attention to the road and not just blindly follow the PC
 
+Chris Bailey Exactly. It should work just like cruise control. Tap the brake to disable control.
If all cars "talked" to each other then that would lower the chances of a collision as well.
 
When you order one on the play store, will it drive itself to your home? ;-)
 
Then will you finesse the feat of self-driving in the streets of Seoul?
 
+John Fitzmaurice, I think the right way to eliminate the out-of-towner-scamming issue is by changing the fare-setting approach. Rather than setting fares through regulation, with specified costs per time/distance, we should use the technology we have to conduct an automatic, real-time auction for point to point transportation.

You should use your phone to specify your desired destination, it would send out a request for bids. The responses should contain a price and an estimated arrival time. Then your phone should present you with an intelligently-selected set of options, ranked by price and time, and allow you to pick. You tap the one you want, accepting the bid, and the cab soon shows up to take you. If the cab doesn't deliver on its arrival time promise, the ride is free.

This approach should result in overall lower taxi fares, with pricing automatically adjusting based on demand, as opposed to now, where pricing is fixed but availability changes based on demand. At present, during busy times you may or may not be able to find a cab, but pay the fixed fare rates if you do (except that busy traffic can increase wait times and therefore fares). Under the auction approach you could always get a cab, but might have to pay more during busy times.

The approach would also allow cab companies with smart software to accept multiple passengers whose routes are sufficiently similar. Stopping to pick up or drop off more people would delay arrival, which is why it's important that there be a severe financial disincentive to missing the arrival time promise.

In addition to price and arrival time, additional factors could be considered when evaluating bids. For example, if riders could rate their experiences with companies, or even particular cabs, based on issues like cleanliness, comfort, on-time arrival percentage, etc., those could be taken into account when selecting a bid. Bids from cabs that may stop to pick up other passengers should include that fact as well, for people who don't like sharing (though single-rider guarantees would result in higher prices).

Note that all of this is actually independent of automated cars; it could be done with human-driven vehicles as well. To some extent it is being done now, with apps that allow you to call a cab from your smartphone. But the big difference will come when we abandon the outmoded fixed-fare approach, replacing it with an automated competitive market (and appropriate anti-collusion regulatory oversight, if needed, though simply lowering the barrier to new competitors starting up would eliminate that need).
 
Can teach a car to drive itself.....
Can't make anchors function in the play store...
 
When are you going to be able to order of this on the Play Store, and will financing be available?
 
Suggestion: I see that you are displaying the current Speed Limit, how about porting that information over to Google Navigation & Waze for the general public? +Google Maps 
 
Dear Google, please cut the crap and rename yourself to SkyNet already.
 
Very nice! Next steps are poorly marked roads and bad weather. I'd say the biggest challenge are no lane markings and what to do about undetected objects, such as a bike hidden behind a truck.
 
The technology is great but i dont want to be forced to be a self driving car. 
 
I hope you'll be proud of yourself when this technology puts drivers out of work. Because companies are just getting more greedy as technology advances....
 
If you make it drive in brazil, you can make it drive anywhere.
(driving in brazil includes honking at unaware idiots and yelling at drunken drivers)
 
+kkramar1985 We cannot stop advancing because it may put people out of work.  Digital cameras put every one hour photo stores out of business.  Factory workers who built those one hour photo machines are out of work.  But they moved on.  People evolve.
 
+William Bliss I see it going even further than that. Look how quickly people are moving away from music ownership (buying individual songs on iTunes) to streaming services like spottily. What's the point in owning a car when self driving ones are all over the city and you can have a rental at your doorstep in five minutes? They'll be extremely cheap obviously because there's no driver to be paid. Yet another industry on it's way to being subsumed by technology. I'm not complaining, just taking note - it's interesting to watch it all unfold.
 
If you make it through Amsterdam, you can call your project successful.
Seems very promising so far. 
 
Just the reason why I love +Google. You guys just can't follow the norm. AWESOME!!
 
I'm interested in knowing how well these cars accelerate and decelerate in various cases of road formats, (ie curves, hills, dips, curving hills, etc). My interest in this is in understanding how it feels to passengers in the car as the car accelerates or decelerates. Do you feel jerked around like a teen driver is at the helm or as comfortable as possible while your buttle drives the limo?
 
Ibwonder who in should sue the manufacturer or the person in the passenger seat wen it crashes 
 
This s will take backseat activities to a whole new level.
 
Officer: no texting while driving
You: im texting my car where to go
 
I had a dream 2 days ago that my car wouldn't respond to my commands, driving backwards over a long distance. I was so scared! Finally I said, this is a dream, and woke up.
 
Where can I get the version that goes out of its way to hit cyclists?
 
+Mark Layton Agreed!! Does Google own (or have some control over Waze? If so, the lack of speed limit is my ONLY complaint with Waze.
 
Her voice turns me on. She has to be the voice of the gps.
 
Great tech.
What happens if these systems get hacked? 
 
+Jameel Jamal I don't think this would ever happen unless someone hacked there own car. You have just as much of a chance as someone stealing your car. But the percentage is less then that because you have to factor in the small amount of people that can hack with the percentage of people that can steal a car. So there's a small chance this will happen.
 
+Jameel Jamal I don't think this would ever happen unless someone hacked there own car. You have just as much of a chance as someone stealing your car. But the percentage is less then that because you have to factor in the small amount of people that can hack with the percentage of people that can steal a car. So there's a small chance this will happen.
 
Jaywalkers. Now that's a ducking weird American idea, if ever there was one. Not even a word in our language.
 
What will happen to public transit once we get self driving cars, which in a way will be the same - you sit and ride? 
 
Very awesome. And here I am mid way through my ships A.I. in my game though I have to worry about determining for 100-400 of them so it has to be a lot simpler than your cars A.I.
 
This would be an incredible position!  The amount of data you get to work with and use to aid our daily lives!  Amazing!
 
Have any tests been done with multiple self driving cars driving close to each other?  I wonder how the sensors would react to multiple beacons from varying locations and competing vehicles.  

Also would it be possible to interfere with the sensor in some way to disable its effectiveness or bring the vehicle to a stop by jamming sensors?  This is fascinating technology that I have been waiting for since I was a kid reading popular mechanics but I also hope testing is being done on how the technology can be abused by those with more malicious intent.   

Give me a call if you need any self-driving car pentests done :)

Seriously give me a call you have my number.. 
 
One of these days we will be saying goodbye to Taxi driver's jobs, Bus driver's jobs, Truck driver's jobs, Train driver's jobs and I am sorry if I forgot any other driver's jobs. 
 
Each year in the US alone there are 50,000 deaths and over a million injuries from auto accidents. This will reduce that, probably dramatically.
 
preventing auto accident and safety of the road .......
 
+Bruno de Lara Just like how once we said goodbye to horse drawn carriage drivers' jobs.  Humans aren't made to do the jobs of computers, especially if computers can do them better.  The human mind is wasted when it's locked up behind a boring and repetitive existence instead of being utilized for constructive creativity.  
 
Hey Google , don't rule out Indian Roads; I know its a fat challenge........
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To do some real testing..... come to India.
 
So you're telling me I can finally drink while it drives?
 
I am all for it, I can go have a few beers, and lay down in the back seat and my car will take me home.... 
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+Liam Donnelly very good points.
Imagine the heavy traffic in our cities replaced by your smart taxis and
buses, and a few ultra-efficient compact robotic delivery vehicles
sprinting to automated transfer stations so that semi-trailer trucks no
longer need to drive downtown. Plus, since most of us want to read or watch
TV as we are driven around, cities could enclose or move their expressways
and thruways underground. Streets could have wider sidewalks for people and
trees. Pollution and wasted energy would decline. We can't fight robots, we
know they will win in the end, because most of us want them to.
 
You guys are doing good job, but this thing will take at least 50 more years to launch in developing and under-developed country's Road condition...
So not sure, if I able to feel, how to sit in Driverless car...in my Lifetime..:( 
 
I wonder exactly how many lines of code is used for that. 
 
+Sandy Corzeta  The beauty of this system is the way your masters can takeover all systems on your car to drive you into a tree if you are disagreeable to the agenda or you're simply declared a domestic terrorist. Or they can lovingly chauffeur you to the nearest FEMA boot-licking camp for a sing-song, mind-control/re-education, magic tricks that create the illusion of freedom and other more final disappearing acts.
 
Great until it kills someone. Wait, that's Boston dynamics job
Q Mann
 
Can it detect passangers in the car?? What if someone puts bombs in the car and programs the car to drive to central city?? So many people will have creative ways to misuse it. Almost like using a drones in the army.
 
+Q Mann I would imagine that atleast initially the vehicles will absolutely not move without a driver
Q Mann
 
thats true. these models will only be for the disabled? or for the blind? 
 
i'm really curious, when this gets the green, who will take the blame for the things that go bad like crashes; the car company or the driver who shouldn't normally need to be there?
Q Mann
 
they can't throw a blind man in jail :( 
 
+Susan Brown 40,000 people are killed in the US due to auto accidents a year. autonomous driven cars could reduce that number by quite a lot. Also would be great for those who can't legally drive due to physical handicaps and such.
 
+Ripner Cabbit Not really on the "can't legally drive" part.  Google met with lawmakers already, the vehicle must have a "Driver" even if you aren't in complete control at all times.  "Self driving" cars is in no different category than using, say, Cruise Control.  You are still responsible for the car at all times.
 
I think some of the comments above are short sighted. The roads are already dangerous. Tires go flat, drivers fall asleep, people forget (or were never trained), how to drive on ice - accidents happen. But by combining the reaction time of a computer with the vast database of "possible circumstances" that Google is gathering from its driverless cars - you may soon have a system that can outperform both the top Indy 500 driver and the best Drivers Education teacher. Who wouldn't want that? No one says you will have to give up driving (and I imagine many won't). But I for one would love to know that my 87 year old Mother is going to get to the grocery store and back safely - maybe with a little help from Google! Thanks, Google!
 
What is the point in which "too many" data points are encountered? Such as, a wide range (say, 10,000 for example) of pedestrians, cars, jaywalkers, etc are present?
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What if there is a cop that is directing traffic? Can it sense that?
 
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+Victor Bojica In the rare occurrence an accident would be the auto-pilot's fault, the blame would still likely go to the driver because the driver will be behind the wheel at all times, his job will legally be to make sure nothing bad happens. 

Sort of like if you bump into somebody because of cruise control, it's still your fault. 
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700,000 autonomous miles? The moon is 238,900 miles from Earth. Meaning you could have gone to Moon and back and again to Moon. Woah...
 
Awesome !!!!!!!!!! A lot of people are skeptical of self-driving cars but I'd rather have this implemented now, than your average drunk drivers on the road tonight.
 
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Amazing man....................
 
Rides Chief of the Project every Day this Car to Work?
 
What does Google's car AI do when it encounters a human directing traffic? The most common case is a person holding a stop sign at a road construction site allowing a single lane of traffic to pass when it is safe. Does the car recognize this situation and the signs that warn to slow for the flag person ahead?
 
I advocate that we make humans driving behind the wheel, illegal.

Not only do I advocate this, but I ultimately think this is the future of transportation on roads.

The problem is of course, this technology is still expensive.

I think that maybe car insurance companies will force their costumers to add this on to their vehicles, not only that, i think that car insurance companies could pay for this technology.

The more of their customers that have this technology, the less accidents that will happen, the more money insurance companies will make.

The full effects of this technology such as the elimination of traffic, and the amount of lives it will save. Can only be seen, once everyone has this in their car.

Another cool thing, if everyone has this in their cars, you can effectively eliminate speed limits and stop signs.

You could make it so all the cars communicate to each other. Allowing a single car to know the exact location and velocity of all vehicles within a X mile radius.

Because of this, these cars could potentially safely travel at a constant 100 miles per hour.

If two cars a couple of miles away from each other, see that they are going to hit at some point. They can simply communicate, and one can decide to speed by .2 miles, and the other can decide to slow down by .2 miles. Causing them to miss each other.

What's frustrating, is that this could be fully implemented by the end of this year, if it was enforced and paid for fully, by the government.

Unfortunately, the government is still trying to decide whether this should even be legal or not. I hear that they plan to make it legal by 2017.

Technology is advancing far too fast for government reform to keep up. The government is acting as a bottleneck on our technological progress. When really it should be acting as an amplifier.

We need to get rid of this inefficient, bureaucracy plagued system, and replace with something more adept at dealing with disruptive technologies.

 
+Ray Lema That's quite a big issue, that will become more prominent when safety vs freedom (once again) is put at the forefront of discussions.  Will they disallow manual-driven vehicles from certain arterial roads that will be built without the human in mind (say, narrower lanes = lower construction cost) ?  Or maybe they'll be pushing insurance costs way up, so at the end you won't have any other practical choice but to use a self-driven car. -- I just hope they never force something like this to motorcycles ;)
 
+digitalnexus I think those are great points indeed! With smaller vehicles like the "smart car" and others like it they will be able to fit more cars on the road in mega-cities where space will become an issue in the future. In some locations this issue is already a reality. They might create a "self driving car lane" at first to encourage consumers to start thinking about that option in the same way they have a "diamond lane aka carpool lane". Road restrictions and insurance cost both will lend themselves as a pusher of the self driving cars. They better not even think about touching motorcycles!! We have to be like Will "I'm Legend". 
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