Saturday, August 24, 2013

Google is Readying Fleet of Robot-Taxis

Everyone knows that Google is working hard to bring driver-less cars to the streets. They've been doing so for a long time, and the time is coming for it to stop being a research project and become a real product. And just like Google decided to build its own hardware to reduce costs and save money, it seems they'll be doing the same with their driverless cars, designing their own cars that will be built to their specifications.

It shouldn't come as a surprise, considering how inefficient is is to apply all the required components in an "after-market" way to a ready built car - that was designed with no such thing in mind. But if you're hoping to get one of these you may have to wait a long time. It seems that Google is readying a fleet os robot-taxis that will be deployed in large metropolitan areas. (Can you imagine the turmoil it will cause among regular taxi services? I can!)

But, looking a bit further... you might want to consider this to be a very big and bold move - that is a sign of things to come. Let's think for a second: if you happen to have a car that can pick you up and drop you off anywhere, for a reasonable service fee... wouldn't you reconsider the need for a personally owned vehicle that will spend most of its time parked somewhere? How does that differ from catching a regular Taxi?

Well... consider all the data Google has about your movement throughout the day, not to mention all the thousands of requests being made simultaneously. Google can crunch all that data in order to make these robot-taxi routes as efficient as technologically possible, providing you with accurate timetables for when you can expect to be picked up and dropped off at your destination, with the car immediately following to the nearest customer and so on, and so on, with minimal "waste".

The only issue is the price you'll have to pay for it, but maybe Google can offer a nice package deal for customers using other services of theirs... or - better yet - make it free, as long as you watch some ads along the way! ;)

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