News

Google’s driverless cars are mastering city streets

Google’s driverless cars are mastering city streets

GOOGLE:n this Sept. 25, 2012, file photo, Google co-founder Sergey Brin gestures after riding in a driverless car with officials, to a bill signing for driverless cars at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google engineers say they have turned a corner in their pursuit of creating a car that can drive itself. Test cars have been able to navigate freeways comfortably for a few years. On Monday, April 28, Google said the cars can now negotiate thousands of urban situations that would have stumped them a year or two ago. Photo: Associated Press/Eric Risberg

JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Google says it has turned a corner in its pursuit of a car that can drive itself.

The leader of the tech giant’s driverless car project wrote in a blog post Monday that test vehicles are becoming far more adept at city driving. They already can comfortably handle freeways.

City driving presents a virtual obstacle course of jaywalkers, bicyclists and blind corners. Google says the cars can now negotiate thousands of urban situations that would have stumped them a year or two ago.

To navigate and avoid crashes, Google’s fleet of retrofitted Lexus SUVs relies on sensors such as lasers and radar. A driver is ready to take over — if needed.

Google wants to get the technology to the public by 2017.

Recent Headlines

in Music, Entertainment

Gwen and Gavin are calling it quits

gwengavin

Is "The Voice" ruining marriages?

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: When a giant crane lands on your house

24-overlay2

Two construction cranes and a portion of a bridge being replaced in the Netherlands came crashing down, landing on nearby homes.

in Music

Fans, family mark 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death with #RippleEffect

20-overlay1

The daughter of late the Grateful Dead frontman has launched a global art project to honor her father.

in Music

Judge dismisses Kurt Cobain death scene photos case

francesbeancobain

A judge in Seattle has dismissed efforts by a TV host to release photographs of Kurt Cobain's death scene.

in Viral Videos

Epic Pomeranian puppy sneeze

14-overlay2

There are worse ways you could spend a few seconds of your day.