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Google's Self-Driving Cars Are Smarter Than You Are -- By A Lot

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 28/04/2014 Dominique Mosbergen
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Pretty soon, Google's driverless cars may be able to drive better than you.

In the video above, which was posted online this week, one of them is shown driving along busy city streets and safely navigating its way around a construction zone, a railroad crossing, a parked truck and even cyclists.

The tech giant said in a blog post Monday that it has spent the past year improving the self-driving cars' ability to make their way around city streets. (The cars already know how to drive safely on freeways.)

"[W]e’ve logged thousands of miles on the streets of our hometown of Mountain View, Calif.," the blog post reads. "A mile of city driving is much more complex than a mile of freeway driving, with hundreds of different objects moving according to different rules of the road in a small area. We’ve improved our software so it can detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously -- pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn."

Better still, a "self-driving vehicle can pay attention to all of these things in a way that a human physically can’t -- and it never gets tired or distracted," the post continues.

According to The Associated Press, Google is aiming to get driverless cars on the market by 2017. The company has said previously it believes its technology has the potential to significantly improve road safety and make transportation more efficient.

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