Reports suggest that the UK government has reached out to Google to try to convince them to test their self driving cars on the streets of London. Transport bosses are said to be in ‘active discussions’ with Google.
If the trials were to go ahead, it would be the first time that the company had tested their cars outside if the US. From an article on Daily Mail, the deputy mayor for transport said that Google is “focused on the States, but they’re starting to think about going elsewhere.”
The cars themselves do not have your usual dashboard, but are more focused on the occupants being driven, not driving, hence their name!
For those of you who don’t know how the cars work, they are electric powered, and rely on a group of sensors and lasers to see the world around them. This data then gets put into computers that run algorithms to determined what to do next. This is why one of the cars crashed into a bus about a month ago, as the algorithm saw the bus as a general road user, Google have since adjusted this particular algorithm to give way to busses and lorries.
Despite the crash, news has been good for the self driving car team, as laws in some states in America have been adapted to allow cars to legally drive on the road. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration now state that “If no human occupant of the vehicle can actually drive the vehicle, it is more reasonable to identify the driver as whatever (as opposed to whoever) is doing the driving.”
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