Google is working on mastering city driving for autonomous vehicles

Google's autonomous car fleet has racked up thousands of miles of driving on city streets as the next step in the program moves forward.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Mon, Apr 28 2014 11:23 AM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

Google has been working on autonomous vehicles for years now in an effort to create cars that can drive to and from locations without human intervention. Early in the program, city driving was a challenge for Google, but the search giant now says that things that would have stumped it two years ago are easy.

Google is working on mastering city driving for autonomous vehicles | TweakTown.com

Google says that it has logged thousands of miles with its autonomous fleet driving on city streets in Mountain View, California. Google also notes that a mile of driving in the city is more complex than a mile of driving in the highway.

Autonomous vehicles should be safer in city driving than human driven cars because the computer systems don't get distracted. Autonomous cars are always paying attention to the road and what's going on. Google also notes that what seems compels to human eyes is easy to predict with comtpuers. Autonomous Google vehicles have racked up nearly 700,000 miles of driving since Google started.

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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