Google cars to provide self-drive taxi service?
Google is considering utilising its ‘self-driving’ cars as a ‘robo-taxi’ service, according to the Independent.
The self-driving taxi service would pick-up and drop-off passengers without human intervention and would be paired with a mobile app.
Currently Google utilises a Toyota Prius which is then retrofitted with an array of sensors, cameras and computers. The Independent report says that while Google’s self-driving car has been a technological success, the search engine giant is having difficulty in getting the vehicle into mainstream use.
As well as finding a business model that works Google also faces an uphill battle with regulation and local laws. The cars have been cleared to drive in four states in the US, and UK legislators have also given permission for tests of autonomous vehicles.
Google cars have so far only been involved in two accidents; one involved the car being ‘rear-ended’ after stopping at a red light, and the other occurred after a human driver took control of the vehicle.
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