Ever wanted to overclock or undervolt your car? Throw a custom rom on it? Have full root access to your car’s internals? Sure I may be getting carried away but reports today have suggested that Google are working on a self-driving car for consumer use. We have all heard in the past about how a self drive car was one of Google’s “shoot for the moon” projects. The problem is that many countries and states have laws that state that vehicles must be operated by humans. Google is slowly lobbying for these to be changed in parts of the States.
Geek.com is reporting that Google are close to a deal with car component manufacturer Continental AG to manufacture parts required in a self-driving car. Other reports are suggesting that Google will first opt to roll out the self-drive cars to the taxi industry. So while we all wait for the Nexus 7 (2013) to be released in Australia there are much bigger things on the horizon for Google. Not sure where this car expedition will take them and their business, whether it has anything at all to do with their business at all. It’s one thing to get an Android phone into everyone’s hands to drum up search/advertising business but it is another to be handing out cars for what seems like a small incremental business improvement.
Wikipedia suggests that the hardware required for a self driving car is in excess of $220,000. I am not sure where this fits in with Google’s idea of Nexus pricing so I doubt we will see the Nexus Car being sold through the Play Store any time soon. Does anyone else wonder if the cars themselves will be running Android or Chrome? What happens when there is a kernel panic and a random reboot? It certainly makes for an easy way to get home from the pub after a few cold ones.
Would you like a self-driving car? Would you trust a self-driving car to get you safely from A to B?