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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Robotic cars are once thought to only exist in movies. However, the human mind has always tried to work on creating realities from fantasies. Today, driverless cars are part of reality.

Cars that do not need drivers are now developed for our safety and convenience. The vehicle is equipped with the most advanced navigational system to take its passengers from one point to a destination of choice.

The future of transportation is here. Some may doubt the usefulness of this development, but others - including me - find this fascinating. I can only imagine how I can sleep during a boring road trip and wake up already at my destination, or how I can make use of the travel time to surf the net, answer emails, watch videos or simply chat with friends the entire time. Truly convenient.

Giant web specialist Google has been road-testing cars that can steer and stop without human intervention. These driverless cars utilize highly developed technologies to navigate and sense possible road blocks. Project leader Sebastian Thrun emphasized, though, that their cars are not really 100% unmanned. A back-up human driver monitors the software and takes charge if there is a malfunction of any sort. The technology is new, after all.

Around 1.2 million deaths on traffic accidents are reported per year. This invention aims to put the numbers down. "Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people's time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use," the company stated.





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