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IN Science & Technology ON 09 Jan, 2016
Google is the first in the list when it is about the revolutionary technology. It has ever since its search engine, been in many areas consulting technology and innovation. One of its projects is the self-driving car. Google in its monthly report on the same has revealed that the cars would be able to sense the weather. The tiny windshield wipers were built to help the rooftop sensors better navigate the weather.
Check out how it accomplishes this.
Till date, Google's 53 autonomous vehicles have logged as much as 1,372,111 miles without any sort of human involvement. And, only some petty issues due to other humans have caused problems on the busy streets.
Google says that the latest versions of the LiDAR (Light and Radar) sensors are capable of sensing the downpour and also the clouds of exhausts.
The ultimate prototype is currently logging miles in Mountain View and Austin. The sensors are capable to differentiate between a mere drizzle and a full fledged downpour, just like us humans, and the car can then make decisions on its speed.
"For now, if it's particularly stormy, our cars automatically pull over and wait until conditions improve (and of course, our test drivers are always available to take over)", said the report.
"To explore even more challenging environments, we're beginning to collect data in all sorts of rainy and snowy conditions as we work toward the goal of a self-driving car that will be able to drive come rain, hail, snow or shine!", it added.
Google says that the cars are doing an average of 10,000-15,000 miles per week on public streets. Equipped with the most modern and never-before features, the car would be a treat to watch and would improve lives in ways unforeseen.