Why Google’s self driving cars are not yet ready to take on the public roads?
Google’s self driving cars are one of the most advanced self driving cars out there. But that doesn’t make it the perfect one. When it comes to automatic driving, Google still have a lot of things to fix and perfect. In this article we will discuss what are the current limitations Google’s self driving cars have which make it not suitable for all the roads.
Driving on snowy and rainy weather conditions: Google’s self driving cars are yet to drive on snowy and rainy weather conditions. It won’t be able to control the vehicle efficiently while in the said weather conditions. This can be dangerous considering one can simply not except how hard the weather conditions might become.
Open parking lots or multilevel garages: According to Chris Urmson, director of the Google car team, Google’s self driving cars haven’t come across any big tackles such as open parking lots or multilevel garages. Finding a spot on a big but partially full parking lot is pretty difficult, but for self driving car this don’t have to be difficult, it could be just that the fellows at the driving car department haven’t given a thought about this at this time and probably in a very near future this will be fixed.
Traffic lights being blinded by the Sun: Now according to Chris Urmson, director of the Google car team, the team is still working on preventing it from being blinded when the sun is directly behind the traffic lights. This could be a serious issue and cause the car to get tickets for not obeying traffic rules. But you don’t have to worry about hitting any other vehicles or pedestrians as the car itself is always on a watch for obstacles.
Spotting a police officer who waves to stop the car: It’s not that unusual for a police officer to use his “hand waving technique” to make the cars stop. Here the problem is the Google self driving car simply is not designed to respond to these signs. Pedestrians are detected simply as moving, column-shaped blurs of pixels by the self driving cars.
Detecting pot holes or an uncovered manhole which isn’t cones off: This is another issue which the self driving cars has as of now. Imagine going at a good speed and jumping directly into a man hole or a really big pot hole. This could seriously damage the car and put the people inside the car in danger.
These problems are existing probably because the engineers behind the car haven’t gotten to these issues yet. Of course fixing all these won’t be easy, but the team behind Google’s self-driving cars are confident. Urmson wants his cars to be ready by the time his 11-year-old son is 16, the legal driving age in California. “It’s my personal deadline,” he says.
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