Castle is the name of the new fake city built by Google in the California desert to test it’s Waymo self-driving cars. Taking the next step to actually build a fake city actually proves a point that how quickly companies want to get the robot cars being a reality. A report on the Atlantis says that the engineers at Google made use of cones, mannequins, signs and even other cars to make it a practical and an ideal scenario to test its self-driving cars at the Castle. The challenge here is that the algorithm used in the self-driving car has to respond the same way a human driver would do while driving. We hope these algorithms don’t include the factor of road rage. It is a big gamble; a recent study conducted by Deloitte suggests that about 74% of Americans believe that self-driving cars will not be safe. The concerns in China were to whole different tangent altogether. Majority of Chinese did not trust autonomous cars and Koreans respondent that they did not consider self-driving cars safe. The brand also will play a crucial role, a trusted brand like Google or Apple or any reputed automakers will have an increased trust factor to use autonomous cars.
Google recently gave a full tour to the Atlantis into their Castle city which is spread across 100-acre and is named after Castle Air Force base near the Mercd. While Google’s this city might not have huge buildings and infrastructure what matters is the road connectivity as laid out in any modern city. There are driveways, crossroads, junctions and traffic signals. Waymo’s team has tried to create real-life situation for autonomous cars, such as parallel parking spaces, one-way traffic, lanes changing etc.
Steph Villegas, a program manager for Waymo, said to the Atlantis “Something like this happens in suburban downtowns. People are coming out of storefronts or a park. People are walking between cars, maybe crossing the street carrying stuff.” A few tests conducted by the team also involve humans or as Google likes to call them professional pedestrians whose job over everything else is to trust the driverless cars.
Tech and automobile giants will be ready to deploy their self-driving cars when the time comes, the question to be asked is will they be able to convince the users to use them? Well, the evolving world of tech combined with automobile intelligence is certainly going to make way for this future technology. For the love of driving, as much as we don’t want self-driving cars to be a reality, the future of these cars is inevitable.
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