Google has included Washington State in its campaign to extend self driving cars.
Google is looking forward to expanding its domain. Its self driving car campaign will include rainy areas such as Kirkland, Washington. The reason is that it wants to test drive its driver-less cars in wet regions where there is a lot of rainfall.
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The temperate climate will be ideal to road test the cars. As for the slopes and elevations along the city’s landscape, they will allow Google to test its cars on inclines and from various angles.
Self driving cars will go public by 2020 and that is only about 4 years away. All sorts of traffic conditions, weather situations and terrains will be suitable for testing the driver-less cars.
Torrential rain, snowy conditions and even muddy grounds will be the new environments that will be employed to test the cars. The vehicles have sensors such as radars that can see through the most inclement of weather.
The most challenging of conditions are wet, slippery surfaces. Tasks such as seeing through the raindrops are to be managed and need work. Google is doing the best it can.
Kirkland lies close to Seattle. The rainfall is pretty intense in this region. Google’s self driving cars began their operations in 2009. Lexus models and 33 other varieties of vehicles are being used in the repertoire.
Google has faced criticism over the safety and legitimacy of its cars. The FCC was requested by Google executives to issue a license to its driver-less vehicles. Google’s cars have traveled a total distance of 1.4 million miles up until now.
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