Google Car: Toyota Prius and AI Software

By Peter Chubb - Oct 10, 2010

We are so used to seeing cars from Google with strange looking cameras on the roof, but there is a Toyota Prius with something totally different on top. The next time you spot this car, then maybe you should take a look at the person in the driver’s seat, as they are not actually driving.

Google is known for using state-of-the-art software when it comes to the services that they provide, so comes as no surprise that this Prius is using AI software to control the car. The system is able to sense other cars around it, and is said to be able to make the same decisions that a human driver would make, but much faster.

Google has used seven cars in these tests, which have driven 1,000 miles without human input. However, more than 140,000 miles has been covered with just a little interaction from the driver.

According to an article on the New York Times by John Markoff, there are still a few years yet until we will see fully autonomous vehicles on our roads – certainly seems weird that the search engine giant is heavily involved in such a project.

As a child I grew up watching Knight Rider, if I had the chance to drive one of these vehicles I would feel the urge to put a red light on the front of the car and put on a tight leather jacket.

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