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Dan “BlindWolf8” Fischbach
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Furry wolf game developer. I don't bite.
Furry wolf game developer. I don't bite.

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The +Google Self-Driving Car Project​​ is now +Waymo​ and I'm as excited as ever!

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The +Google Self-Driving Car Project​​ is now +Waymo​ and I'm as excited as ever!

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Please vote. On November 8th, get it done and over with first thing. Just do it! Vote at lunch or call in sick. Whatever it takes. Make it work. Where ever you are, Whomever you choose. Just #VOTE.

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#TBT to last week when we announced that our self-driving cars have driven more than 2 million fully autonomous miles on public roads. In terms of hours on the road, that's the equivalent of 300 years of driving experience! With all this real-world driving, we're getting lots of practice in challenging situations. In the last few months, we've come across everything from horseback riders in the middle of the street to a man wielding a chainsaw (don't worry, he was trimming trees!). All of this experience is bringing us closer to making fully self-driving cars a reality.

For more on how our cars are mastering the hardest parts of driving, check out this blog post from our head of self-driving technology, Dmitri Dolgov.

https://shift.newco.co/two-million-miles-closer-to-a-fully-autonomous-future-2f07b1f2dcc0#.dit3vnryk

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#TBT to last week when we announced that our self-driving cars have driven more than 2 million fully autonomous miles on public roads. In terms of hours on the road, that's the equivalent of 300 years of driving experience! With all this real-world driving, we're getting lots of practice in challenging situations. In the last few months, we've come across everything from horseback riders in the middle of the street to a man wielding a chainsaw (don't worry, he was trimming trees!). All of this experience is bringing us closer to making fully self-driving cars a reality.

For more on how our cars are mastering the hardest parts of driving, check out this blog post from our head of self-driving technology, Dmitri Dolgov.

https://shift.newco.co/two-million-miles-closer-to-a-fully-autonomous-future-2f07b1f2dcc0#.dit3vnryk

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A few years ago, our team asked the question: what could a fully self-driving car — one that doesn’t require a human behind the wheel — look like? Out of these conversations came our prototype vehicle, built from the ground up with no steering wheel or pedals, designed to take you from A to B at the push of a button. Today, we’re proud to say that our prototype vehicle has won the Red Dot: Luminary award, recognizing a new kind of vehicle where the sensors and software do all the driving.

We’re honored to have been considered alongside 4,698 design projects from 60 countries, and to be recognized for “integrating technology, design and innovation in the service of human beings to improving their daily lives.” We hope to improve people’s lives is by making our roads safer, and our prototype vehicle is a reflection of that.

The geometry of our prototype vehicle is specially designed for safety. We built it so that our sensors can see 360 degrees and up to two football fields ahead, often detecting pedestrians, cyclists and cars well before a human driver. The front exterior is made of a soft foam and the windshield from a flexible polycarbonate so that our cars can absorb the energy of an impact, keeping pedestrians safer. When we drive, our vehicle emits an audible hum so that people know we’re there — an especially helpful feature for those with visual impairments.

We’re excited and honored that Red Dot has recognized the design considerations that went into building a safe, fully self-driving car. 

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A few years ago, our team asked the question: what could a fully self-driving car — one that doesn’t require a human behind the wheel — look like? Out of these conversations came our prototype vehicle, built from the ground up with no steering wheel or pedals, designed to take you from A to B at the push of a button. Today, we’re proud to say that our prototype vehicle has won the Red Dot: Luminary award, recognizing a new kind of vehicle where the sensors and software do all the driving.

We’re honored to have been considered alongside 4,698 design projects from 60 countries, and to be recognized for “integrating technology, design and innovation in the service of human beings to improving their daily lives.” We hope to improve people’s lives is by making our roads safer, and our prototype vehicle is a reflection of that.

The geometry of our prototype vehicle is specially designed for safety. We built it so that our sensors can see 360 degrees and up to two football fields ahead, often detecting pedestrians, cyclists and cars well before a human driver. The front exterior is made of a soft foam and the windshield from a flexible polycarbonate so that our cars can absorb the energy of an impact, keeping pedestrians safer. When we drive, our vehicle emits an audible hum so that people know we’re there — an especially helpful feature for those with visual impairments.

We’re excited and honored that Red Dot has recognized the design considerations that went into building a safe, fully self-driving car. 

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Thanks to +U.S. Department of State Secretary Kerry for stopping by and taking a look at our prototype vehicle!
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