Future Rides: The Google Car

What???s Next?
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What’s Next?

There’s going to be a lot happening in the next few years regarding autonomous vehicles, and Google is likely to end up as just one of the players in a crowded market. Other manufacturers already have nearly autonomous cars on the market, and in some ways Google is playing catch-up.

But that weakness could also prove to be Google’s strength. Unburdened by a history that tells them something is impossible, Google’s clean sheet approach may find a way that is possible. They will also have the ability to create partnerships with appropriate teammates, and they have the resources to invest in overcoming any hurdles placed in their way.

Watch for them to continue to educate regulators and the general public on the importance of autonomous vehicles and their potential to save lives.

Is it reasonable to expect an autonomous car to be available by 2020? Maybe not, but it’s probably not going to be long after that. Will it be a Google Car? It’s too early to tell, but the company does have an amazing amount of resources and depth of knowledge to invest in the project.