- Posted August 26, 2014 by
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Google develops ‘Californian entirety Matrix’ to test its new self-driving cars
Google is once again making headlines with its “Matrix Style” simulation of the California’s entirety to test much anticipated self-driving cars. The California’s entirety road system integrates about 172,000 miles with the pertinent simulations of weather, traffic and pedestrian, etc. At present, Google has petitioned to California state authority to grant safety testing within the matrix rather than on real roads. What is terrifying is the glitch that cannot be avoided. For instance, imagine if Honda sells car which have not been tested on real-time roads. There has been no news on the hardware that is being used for the creation of Google Matrix, but what little we know is that the company is employing numerous servers.
The comparison between the Google’s virtual and physical self-driving cars presents quite a discrepancy. As of April 2014, Google’s virtual self-driving cars have covered more than 4 million miles in Californian Matrix, whereas its physical fleet was able to cover only 700,000 miles in California.
It is a fact that the extensive simulations for self-driving cars can provide with elaborated feedback compared to real-world testing. However, most of the countries at present necessitate real-world testing for new cars and the same regulation is followed in California. Whereas, Google has filed petition to grant self-driving cars that have been tested in Matrix only. Earlier this year, Google wrote to the state officials in California, “Computer simulations are actually more valuable, as they allow manufacturers to test their software under far more conditions and stresses than could possibly be achieved on a test track … Google wants to ensure that [the regulation] is interpreted to allow manufacturers to satisfy this requirement through computer-generated simulations.”
Google as always is gendering for innovation and this might be the launch for self-driving cars in market, however the greatest IT giant of the world should circumspect about real-world testing. The problem with this is that even the most elaborated simulation cannot capture the nuances that exist in the ambit of brain-powered real-world.
The bottom line is that Google will have to work harder to prove that the self-driving cars are very much comparable to human drivers if it wants to put such vehicles in real world. The old questions about the morality and ethics of robots are still lingering unanswered, whereas these cars will be an addition to the new breed of robots raising more questions.
The California state authority also declared that all self-driving cars must have an integrated steering wheel as a backup, which can be used as immediate physical control in emergency situations. This has proved to be a setback for Google’s latest self-driving prototype, which shuns the conventional car controllers.