Google claims that their cars have passed without human intervention over 1.2 million kilometers. Sounds impressive, but deceiving us.
The blog BoingBoing found out that they can't drive for whatever route, running laps on the route with a length of several thousand kilometers. All because the cars only work if you go on the familiar to them and the drafters of the special cards areas. The work of these machines is checked by a huge army of people and computer analysts, the Bastion of sensors and controllers. And if in the road something changes — markings, signs, location of potholes, new pedestrian crossings — these drones simply cease to perceive reality.
There are problems with maps. As soon as programmer will make one of them, he needs to know, if not obsolete it the next day. Until Google says that the development of maps for "civilian" vehicles that supposedly will be released in the foreseeable future, they were not engaged. But this work will take years, if not decades. And who will be responsible for updating them? The location of traffic lights, markings, stop signs — all this is changing across the country a thousand times a day. Answers to these questions, it seems there is the Google.
Author and curator of the project for the creation of drones Chris Urmson says if the car will face on the road with the traffic light, which is not on the map, just run a red light, because in this place his radar was not looking its sensors traffic signals. Urmson and his team are confident that the cards will follow on a daily basis, and nothing like this will happen. But I would not want to trust your life to some forgetful bespectacled, often coming to work in a state of severe hangover, isn't it?
Scott Heydt, Director of marketing at Horizon Signal Technologies, said that the services responsible for the installation of traffic lights in the United States, often not in time notify about changes to the administration sites of GAI. And believe that Google will check all the roads personally, it is impossible.
John Leonard from mit said that the project on creation of the Google car turned out to be too ambitious and too complex.
"The probability that today you will go on your normal route and come across a new traffic light is negligible. But if you take all the country roads, all motorists who ride on them, it means that the owners of Google cars will die on the road regularly".
And the list of these "rare" changes on the roads is endless. In General, Leonard expects that in the coming decades we will have a car, are able to always do without the driver. Some incomplete mode of the autopilot, of course, will be, and soon. But to be able to fall asleep at the wheel? No, the technology for this is still too weak.