Intellectual rights for self-driving cars grabbed by Google

Saturday 17 December 2011, 10:59 AM by

In the most leading-edge automotive development in US, the intellectual rights of a method that switches vehicle from a human-controlled mode into driverless mode have been attained by Google. Google has been working on the technology for quite some time now, testing the method on Toyota Prius. The technology will guide car to take control along with direction to drive in.

The technology for transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode appears fanciful, but Google has been testing several models for driverless technology to convert it into actuality. This unreal-seeming technology has become possible due to artificial intelligence, Google Street View maps, video cameras incorporation and a range of sensors. The search firm has carried out project tests successfully, as a fleet of Toyota Prius and Audi TT models have been driven 160,000 miles with limited human input and more than 1,000 miles without driver involvement.

The application document describes the use of two sets of sensors. The first set of sensors, known as ‘landing strip’, identifies when to stop. On the other hand, second set of sensors provides direction to the vehicle. The 'Passion Project' of Google will be used to offer tours to tourist locations or to send faulty models to repair shops. Engineers working on the project are positive on robotic driving and are hopeful that it will reduce road accidents to a great extent.

Securing the patent, Google has restricted innovations of similar kind in automotive arena. Believing automotive experts, driverless cars will soon emerge as a commercial prospect.

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