Google proved today near the Capitol your car without a driver in an attempt to persuade lawmakers in Washington and show the reliability of the technology developed for years by the Internet giant.
The Google car automaton was a short walk through the streets of Capitol Hill, with a small moment of doubt when he ran into a taxi that turned suddenly, after which the park got smooth near the center of U.S. power. States.
The vehicle, a Toyota Prius is equipped with a three-dimensional scanner on the roof, and a set of cameras and sensors to obtain information from the road and its surroundings to navigate without a human behind the wheel.
The system uses information obtained through Street View, Google Maps application to position the vehicle and determine the way forward through the streets of the city.
Last week the state of Nevada granted the first license Google to test your systems in a real traffic environment, and so far the tests performed by the company had taken place in controlled ways.
Nevada authorities passed a law in 2011 to authorize the processing of licenses for cars with automatic pilot, but require that a person behind the wheel and one on the passenger seat when traveling.
However, the cost of the technology components that use Google vehicles are around $ 100,000 although the improvement in the development, the California company hopes it can become accessible and useful technology, such as for seniors.
Since 2010, the car has covered Google automaton hundreds of thousands of kilometers on a single accident in August 2011, when the vehicle was traveling in manual mode.
Testing in Washington DC could be intended to persuade Congress to allow regulations to support the development of prototypes and in the future phase in this futuristic vehicle.
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