Sunday, June 22, 2014

How Google Might Put Taxi Drivers Out of Business

NyPo says Google's driverless car might do it:
Chalk up another possible job victim of the Internet age — the New York City cab driver.
Google is betting big on the driverless car, testing 10 cars for more than 700,000 miles. Without a driver at the wheel, these vehicles are able to to navigate anywhere, including trips down the eight tight hairpin turns on San Francisco’s Lombard Street...

An emergency stop button is on board and, if conditions confuse the system, the car will simply come to a halt. This generation of vehicles will be lightweight, with soft collapsible front ends, and limited to 25 mph. The next version will be larger and faster and aimed at driving anywhere on its own.