Alphabet, the body that owns Google and its affiliated companies , has conducted open tests for its new line of products which happen to be self-driven vehicles. The Alphabet team which is headed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, held the tests on Tuesday at Googleplex.
The products were tested over extensive conditions and they all yielded excellent results. These self-driven cars were then subjected to a series of real-life situations that occur frequently and the vehicles recorded a total pass rate on these conditions. Some of the test parameters that the device was tested upon include, but is not limited to, understanding of the environment, detection of construction cones, identification and discernment of road signs, acknowledgment of police sirens and so on.
Out-of-the-blue situations were then thrown into the mix to see how these cars handle conditions that occur in the nick of time. A biker ran a red light, a child jumped onto the road at an unexpected time and a woman who was strapped to an electric wheelchair was pursing a turkey around the road and the driver-less vehicles managed all of these situation well, stopping itself safely to avoid accidents.
With the use of laser technology which sends heat information to the vehicle about humans around and shapes nearby, coupled with camera and radar to further provide visual imagery to the central processing unit of this vehicle for proper action taking, it looks set to be the ideal car for the physically challenged, aged and who knows, might replace the drivers that take kids to school on a daily.
Speaking at the event, Google co-founder Sergey Brin disclosed that a release date was yet to be scheduled for this new line of technology and as such, the public should not get its hopes up on having one yet. Many think this is an attempt to get the hopes of the public up so much that when sales finally kicks off, maximum profit would be made. Another school of thought subscribes to the fact that we might not be ready for this kind of vehicles yet and bombarding us with this technology might scare us, leading to the failure of the enterprise.
Whatever the case may be, we can be rest assured that in the nearest future, our roads would be adorned by cars that understand traffic and driving maybe even more than we do with our big egos and significantly reduce the rate of road accidents in Nigeria which was set at 12 victims daily in the year 2012.