Google Self-Driving Car

We are noticing that more houses and other buildings are getting build in height, like apartments. At one end of the spectrum is the UAE, which can now boast 44 buildings over 200 meters in height. For a country of 4.7 million people, this means that there are only 100,000 citizens for every 200 m+ building. In contrast, China, with 200 buildings at the 200 m+ level, has nearly seven million citizens for every 200 m+ building.

But also in depth more things are involving. For example Singapore, with a little less land mass than New York City, is running out of room for its 5.4 million people. So this is why Singapore is considering a novel solution: building underground to create an extensive, interconnected city, with shopping malls, transport, public spaces, and even cycling lanes. This is because cities are getting overcrowded. This growth of people and buildings are bringing disadvantages with them. More people and less space is the cause of more accidents. More than 90% of road traffic deaths occur in middle- and low-income countries, precisely where urbanisation is accelerating most rapidly. About 1.3 million people die prematurely every year due to urban air pollution, a figure that will increase as more cars take to the road. Already, 1.2 million people die and up to 50 million are injured in traffic accidents annually. Nearly half of these incidents occur in cities.

Vehicles until now always needed a human driver, somebody that is in charge of the car. If there is an emergency, the driver needs to handle in no time to make the best out of the situation. Now it is different. Google invented a self-driving car. The car drives without touching the steering wheel, brakes and gas. While the self-driving car is still in development, it aims to make driving safer, more efficient and more enjoyable and is totally autonomous.

Why is it cool

More than 90% of the car accidents are caused by human drivers, the number of people who don’t survive in those accidents increases to 33.000 people a year. With the new self-Driving car, it is over with those accidents. The cameras that are placed on the car have no blind spots and can detect objects from 360 degrees and from as far as 200 yards away. Also the outside  of the vehicle is build out of soft foam. The camera’s can detect railroads, construction zones and even a human being putting out his hand to change its direction, even when he changes his mind the last minute, the car can pick that up. The Google Self Driving Car will decrease the amount of accidents that are now caused by cars and in the same time people can relax now when they are driving because the car does all the work for them.

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I think this has future growth potential. We see the knowledge and technology improve and getting bigger. It is positive for everybody to be safer on the road, so this technology can impact the lives of millions of people. It is a cool thing that is being used every day and it is for everybody’s best, to travel as safe as possible. And additional, it is pleasant too that you don’t need to be focussed all the time. Also the driverless car could be a new way of public transport. We can release the power of the collaborative consumption economy. Imagine this: a customer uses an application to request an autonomous shared vehicle, it arrives at your door and drops you to your destination, and the vehicle then either moves on and picks up another customer or parks itself and recharges.

source

http://www.google.com/about/careers/lifeatgoogle/self-driving-car-test-steve-mahan.html

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Driverless_Car

http://www.ctbuh.org/Publications/Journal/InNumbers/TallUrban/tabid/2160/language/en-US/Default.aspx

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/26/business/international/crowded-singapore-looks-below-for-room-to-grow.html?_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/sep/03/bus-public-transport-road-deaths

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/driverless-vehicles-future-car-sharing

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