Google‘s self-driving cars may have been out of the news for a while but that’s only because the company has been quietly working on them. The search giant has been perfecting these self-driving cars in a busy city street scenario, and they can now spot pedestrians and understand cyclists’ gestures.
It’s been mentioned in Google’s official post that it is a lot tougher for an autonomous vehicle to safely navigate through a busy city street when compared to an open highway. On a city street, the self-driving car is required to keep track of a whole plethora of objects moving around it, such as cyclists, pedestrians, other cars and vehicles etc.
Google has been testing, tweaking and improving its self-driving car system accordingly by test-running it in Mountain View, California. And through rigorous testing and consequent improvements, these self-driving cars can drive quite safely through a busy street now.
According to Google, “We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. A self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t—and it never gets tired or distracted.”
It is quite true that an automated system can more accurately and precisely keep track of countless objects on the street when compared to human drivers who are prone to mood swings, road rages and such. Like the video above shows, Google is certainly on the right path to perfecting the art of self-driving cars.