Google’s First Autonomous Driving Test
It is the first time in the US that the world’s autonomous car makers call it a “hotspot” (the most lively or highly competitive area).
Google’s autonomous vehicle developer, Wei Mo said on Thursday that it was allowed to run a fully autonomous vehicle test without a safety agent from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. It is a chance to get one step closer to commercializing autonomous vehicles. Currently, more than 60 companies have received approval from the California authorities to test their autonomous drive vehicles.
Weimo will test 30 fully autonomous vehicles on city roads and highways. The location is near Google headquarters and Palo Alto.
To test driving ability on various road conditions, it operates in the daytime as well as at night, when the fog is on, and when the rain falls. The speed limit is 65 miles per hour (104 km).
The California Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement, “California has worked hard to build the foundation of a fully autonomous car for many years,” he said. “We will keep in mind that we must keep public safety in line with technological advances.”
Weimo will first open the test drive to the public and gradually open it to the public. Earlier, the California authorities issued a regulation in April that allowed self-driving cars that were not equipped with safety personnel under strict conditions. Another company, besides Wei Mo, has been requested to approve the self-test, but it is said that the operation plan is not perfect.
This is not the first time that Google WeiMo‘s unmanned autonomous vehicle test operation has been operated. In May of this year, Weimo is testing a fully autonomous driving vehicle, which is a modified version of a passive minivan from Craigla in Phoenix, Arizona.
So far, the road test mileage in 25 cities has exceeded 10 million miles (16 million km). This corresponds to the distance that the earth can turn four times.
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