Google's Self-Driving Car Becomes Kid Friendly This Halloween

Posted: Nov 2 2015, 7:09am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Google's Self-Driving Car Becomes Kid Friendly This Halloween
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  • Google’s self-driving car has been kid friendly since Halloween!

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The autonomous car by Google has been taught to be more careful around kids by updating its algorithm.

Google published an update for its self-driving car on Halloween. The update was published on Google+. According to the update the Google cars were taught to be more kid friendly on Halloween.

With the assistance of the parents the cars were taught to be extra careful around kids on Halloween. The autonomous algorithm of the car was taught to be extra careful around pedestrians.

Since kids in costumes were roaming around the streets for trick and treating it was the perfect opportunity. The self-driving car practiced to be more careful alongside kids in costume.

The practicing gave the car’s sensors and software extra practice at recognizing children. Goggle stated the practice was very beneficial since the kids were in unique shapes and sizes due to the costumes.

Google has been trying to improve its autonomous software since it started testing. The vehicle project was launched last year and already it has changed substantially. The algorithm of the Google software is already more careful when pedestrians are crossing the road.

The car will now be even more careful when kids are involved. The Halloween activity may have allowed the Google cars to detect the activity of children. Since kids can be very unpredictable on the streets Halloween gave Google a good chance to study them. The engineering team is already working on further improvements to the Google self-driving algorithm.

The autonomous Google cars have been cruising around California and Texas since 2014. Chris Urmson is the head of the Google’s Driverless car division. According to Urmson everyday Google engineers do about 3 million miles of testing in simulators.

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