Google, Ford, Uber Coalition Form on Self-Driving Cars
Google has partnered with Ford, Volvo, Uber and Lyft to create a coalition as a lobbying group that push for federal action to help speed self-driving cars to market. This is an attempt to socialize benefits and safety of it, based on USA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) data that 94% of all traffic crashes are caused by human error.
Legal restrictions reportedly halts regular drivers from actually setting out on the road in an autonomous vehicle though they now have the technology and the prototypes, and of course countless test drives.
This coalition set to work with lawmakers, regulators, and the public to find the answers of the question like the responsibility when an autonomous car crashed; Is it the person who’s sitting in the car but not actually controlling it, or the manufacturer that programmed it?
The moment of the announcement is quite far-reaching because NHTSA is about to convene the second of two public hearings on self-driving cars.
Known as a vehicle manufacturer, both Volvo and Ford has been testing their own autonomous vehicles. Meanwhile Uber and Lyft which have a similar business core will provides a fleet of self-driving, for-hire vehicles. And Google have dozens of self-driving Lexus SUVs and Google-designed prototypes racking up over a million miles of autonomous driving in three US cities, so they’re a big fish in here.
The NHTSA ranks self-driving cars based on the level they cede to the vehicle, with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest. Google is aiming for levels 4 which requires a driver to input navigation instructions, but relinquishes all other control to the vehicle, and also level 5 that doesn’t involve a driver at all. Volvo look into level 4 autonomous car program next year. Tesla’s autopilot feature is rumored classified as level 2.