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Google has started testing cars that drive themselves using roof mounted video’s radar sensors that detect other cars and lasers that gauge the speed of traffic id adopted the cars could cut road deaths by half a Company engineer has said.

Google has started testing cars that drive themselves using roof mounted video’s radar sensors that detect other cars and lasers that gauge the speed of traffic id adopted the cars could cut road deaths by half a Company engineer has said.
The search Company has already tested the vehicle on the streets of California including a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco the company said.
Software engineer Sebastian Thrun said that the vehicles remained manned at all times by a trained driver ready to take control also present was a software expert, Thrun said the self-driven cars had so far covered 140,000 miles on the road.
Thrun a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University insisted that safety was the “first priority” in the project.
Routes are pre-planned, mapped first by real drivers, and local police are briefed in advance, he says.
Google hopes the cars can eventually help reduce road traffic and cut the number of accidents.
Engineers told the New York Times that the forays onto the highways have been largely incident-free, apart from one bump when the car was reportedly hit from behind at a traffic light.
Thrun said that more than 1.2 million people are killed each year on the roads, and said that number could and should be reduced.
“We believe our technology has the potential to cut that number, perhaps by as much as half.
“While this project is very much in the experimental stage, it provides a glimpse of what transportation might look like in the future thanks to advanced computer science. And that future is very exciting,” he added.
The company already has significant interests in location services through its Google Maps and Google Street View offerings.
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