Google launches 'self driving' car technology

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Washington, Oct 21: Internet search giant Google has launched a self driving car technology which allows people to combat congestion.

Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin has declared that 10 per cent of the company is working on innovative projects outside the web domain, the first of which is the building of "autonomous" cars.

"There are a lot of people who can't get around, whether you have a disability, whether you're old or you're young," Fox News quoted Brin, as saying. "There's also just incredible urban congestion caused by the need for parking. There's highway congestion because humans don't accurately drive on roads with smaller spacing. There's a tremendous opportunity to improve the world," he said.

According to a source, the car works using a rotating 75,000 dollar laser on its roof called a "lidar" that gives a 360-degree, 3D understanding of the car's surroundings that is accurate to two centimeters.

The without driver vehicles would run through normal roads under the instruction of computers. The car is also able to react to other cars and pedestrians in all weather conditions and at any time of day. Meanwhile, the project is under the research and development stage and will not go for sale for some time.

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