"GM’s Alan Taub predicts that self-driving cars will be on the road by the decade’s end."
AND........then theres that nice big monitor again
"As we drive the Google car—or are driven by it—I watch the action unfold on the computer monitor mounted on the passenger side of the dashboard. It shows how the car is interpreting the world: lanes, signs, cars, speeds, distances, vectors. The rendering is nothing special—a lot of blocky wireframe that puts me in mind of Atari’s classic Battlezone. (The display is just one of a host of geeky details—to change lanes, for instance, the driver presses buttons marked Shift and Left on a keyboard near the monitor.) Yet it is absolutely fascinating, almost illicitly thrilling, to watch as the car not only plots and calculates the myriad movements of neighboring vehicles in the moment but also predicts where they will be in the future, like high-speed, mobile chess. Onscreen, the car is constantly “acquiring” targets, surrounding them in red boxes, tracing raster lines to and fro, a freeway version of John Madden’s Telestrator. “We’re analyzing and predicting the world 20 times a second,” Levandowski says."
Watch and learn, your buds are gonna get their wallets/heads handed to them. You guys really should check into who's behind the funding of some of this stuff. Check out Better Place and dig into it a bit, might be fun for you.
P.S. "Better Place’s vision is to sell electric car miles like cell phone minutes, accompanied by a network of chargers and battery swap stations. The company has a partnership with Renault-Nissan and the electric cars in the Better Place network are the Fluenz Z.E."
"Or does Google, as one report had it, have designs on building its own cars?"
"When I ask these questions around Google, the answers I get are polite, if bordering on exasperated. “Our clear statement,” Urmson says, “is we want to improve people’s lives by transforming mobility.” I get the sense that asking about business models is a bit rude. “Like a lot of things at Google, we want to figure out something big and important,” he continues, “and we’ll figure out the rest later.”
Hmmm........"we want to improve people’s lives by transforming mobility"
What better way to "improve people’s lives by transforming mobility", then to produce/BUY their own EV/company. Plus TSLA has such a nice 17" screen right it the FRONT seat. I'm sure that will seal the deal. LOL
It will be so much fun to order up a car from the network on my iPhone, and have it come pick me up at my door or wherever. May not even need to OWN a car any more. That will be fun for the little guys growing up into this market, but for the large car companies, could mean declining demand.