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What is Driverless Car?

Apr 11 2017
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The Google self-driving car project is now Waymo.Waymo stands for a new way forward in mobility. We are a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around.Waymo is a self-driving technology company with the mission to make it safe and easy for everyone to get around—without the need for anyone in the driver’s seat. Our journey started at Google in 2009, and we became Waymo in 2016.

How do Google's driverless cars work?

Much of the autonomous technology used in Google's self-driving cars is already found on the road.You may have seen commercials advertising the Volkswagen Polo's automatic braking or the Ford Focus' automatic parallel parking, which both build on the increasingly common use of proximity sensors to aid parking. Combine these sensors with the automated-steering technology used for parking, throw in the seemingly old-hat technology that is cruise control and you have the loose framework for a self-driving car.

How many sensors does the car have, and what do they do?

Google’s driverless car has eight sensors.The most noticeable is the rotating roof-top LiDAR – a camera that uses an array of 32 or 64 lasers to measure the distance to objects to build up a 3D map at a range of 200m, letting the car "see" hazards. The car also sports another set of “eyes”, a standard camera that points through the windscreen. This also looks for nearby hazards - such as pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists – and reads road signs and detects traffic lights.

What is driverless car?

A driverless car (sometimes called a self-driving car, an automated car or an autonomous vehicle) is a robotic vehicle that is designed to travel between destinations without a human operator. To qualify as fully autonomous, a vehicle must be able to navigate without human intervention to a predetermined destination over roads that have not been adapted for its use.

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