Think it’s impossible? Think again.
A combination of software and hardware results in a car that drives itself. This is what Google’s been working on behind closed doors. The future is almost here
Click here for the news report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0I5DHOETFE
Just imagine the endless benefits of having a car that drives itself. While everyone is trying to make automobiles more green, Google goes after the Black Swan, a fully autonomous vehicle. If cars could drive themselves, one car could serve so many people. Think of how often we actually use our cars through out the day. We use our cars for maybe 1 or 2 hours a day. The rest of the time, it sits there idle, in a parking lot, collecting dust. (in our case, snow)
I predict that all cars sold starting 2015 will be fully autonomous. I’m waiting for the first fleet of fully autonomous UAVs like the Puffin.
The following video shows an open architecture Quanser UGV with remote operator enabling the use of on-board GPS, camera, and soon-to-be installed robotic arms. Operated remotely or over a semi/fully autonomous mode, these robotic arms can fulfill remote tasks where the haptic force feedback will provide the user with precision and dexterity. The kinesthetic feeling of lateral and vertical motions of the vehicle can also be fed back to the user for an immersive driving. With our user friendly and highly capable real time software, QuaRC, one can easily program the UGV for a wide variety of research applications ranging from teleoperative tasks to fully autonomous systems. This system is also capable of communicating with other Quanser UGVs and UAVs. (UGV stands for unmanned ground vehicles and UAV is short for unmanned air vehicles):
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