Google is driving straight for the future

The future is almost here:

No Google engineer taught the car that a bunch of kids on a field trip would march out in front of it at an intersection. It stopped and waited for them on its own. And no-one told it that, right after that, another car would run the four-way stop sign right in front of it. It handled that, too, avoiding a collision all on its own.

At first, those interactions seemed boringly normal to me until I remembered… no-one was driving! The car had done that all itself while the man in the drivers seat sat passively watching.

One Response to Google is driving straight for the future

  1. Must have been nerve-racking for the driver. I don’t know if I would have been able to let my car make the decision not to run over a group of kids.

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