Google, as always, are hyping what they claim is the "next best thing", and they might just be right this time! The driverless vehicle trend has caught on with big name car manufacturers like Audi and Toyota. Both of these brands brought their versions to pimp out at CES, and were greeted by enthusiastic consumers.
With stats like those of the Google test-group, automakers and drivers alike have every reason to be excited. In the 300,000 miles the autonomous vehicles traveled, the only accidents that occured were when the cars were being manually piloted!
The technology behind these futuristic vehicles is made up of very common terms; Radar, GPS, Lidar and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret data sent via external sensors, to identify an appropriate navigation path, including obstacles and signage.
It's very fitting that the CES just happens to be held in the state (NV) where the first law concerning driverless vehicles was passed. It came into effect on March 1, 2012, with a Toyota Prius receiving the honors of the first license for a self-driven car.
We look forward to the future advancements in this technology, and reaping the benefits of safer roads for all of us.