Google Self Driving Cars Standard in 5 Years?

That is what one Google Executive would like. Chris Urmson, the director of self-driving cars at Google, is committed to ensuring autonomous vehicles are standard within five years. Why you might ask? Because he wants his 11 year old son to never have to take the driver’s test.

Google began testing its autonomous cars in 2009 and last December the company showed off the first complete prototype. Chris Urmson explained Google’s philosophy around the project during his speech on Tuesday, according to the official TED blog, explaining that “we’ve been working around the least reliable part of the car: the driver.”

Removing human error could greatly reduce road accidents, Urmson said, in which 1.2 million people are killed globally every year. “The urgency is so large,” he said. “We’re looking forward to having this technology on the road.”

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