Thank you for your inquiry. Though there are many reports in our database, below is a review of a few that highlight details about Google Car.
Report 1: Research for Tran Committee-Self-Piloted Cars: The Future of Road Transport, January 2015
This report discusses the automated vehicle market in Europe specifically and around the world. There is a lengthy table discussed examples of applications of automated vehciles in private cars by car manufacturer and discussion about start-up companies in this sector such Google Car. Google started testing self-driving in 2009 with a focus on data collectioon and mapping using the Toyota Prius in California. There is a chronological timeline of automated vehicle technology development with Google from 2009 through 2014 where the first real complete driverless car was built. There is also a discussion of technology development amongst Google’s competitors such as Apple, Robot Taxi, Zoox, and Vislab.
Report 2: Musings from the Oil Patch, June 2014
This publication contains a segment on the Google Driverless car and its impact on the energy industry and, in particular, fuel. This segment also discusses Google’s different take on the driverless car compared to other attempts. The driver becomes a passenger and only controls a red stop button. Other features of this car are included in this report. At the time of this report, three states had already enacted laws to regulate autonomous vehicles to testing purposes, California, Nevada and Florida. Consequently Google has had to change its design to meet the requirements of these regulations.
There is discussion on the estimated price of these vehicles, who is arranged to build the concept cars, and some additional safety features. Although the car will be built by another company, Google will be considered the car manufacturer. Finally, there is a description of the car’s first accident.
“Although this accident occurred several years ago, it may have played a role in Google’s decision that it didn’t want to become an also-ran in the autonomous vehicle race but rather wanted its effort to be transformational, which led to its new driverless car with no ability for a passenger to intervene in the vehicle’s operation” (pg 15).
— Musings from the Oil Patch, June 2014
Report 3: The transportation futures project: planning for technology change, January 2016
This report contains a chapter on autonomous vehicles in which Google car is deeply discussed. There is some history in the race to develop driverless vehicles and how Google entered this race by hiring the very researchers who began it. This report includes an accident history of Google cars during the testing phase, which includes more than a dozen crashes and at least one that resulted in an injury. Google’s official position is that none of the accidents were caused by Google vehicles or its technology. There is interesting analysis as to why these accidents have happened in an environment of hybrid driving styles with driver-based and driverless cars. This report has detailed analysis of Google’s technology being primarily map-based as well as the strengths and weaknesses of this focus. Finally, there is a description of the five levels of automated vehicles as described by the NHTSA Policy in 2013.
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