Driving a car is just a whole bunch of information processing, if you think about it, like Google did. It is not that big of a leap for the search giant that has long sought to "organize the world's information."
A tech startup with a half million dollar budget could not have attempted this. One thing very impressive about Google is when it was small it tackled small things, when it became big it started looking at big problems. It has innovated at scale. Not that search is small. It is bigger than the car. But you know what I mean.
This car will eliminate stupid road accidents. That's a big one.
Google’s Self-Driving Cars Complete 300K Miles Without Accident, Deemed Ready For Commuting
The cars still need to learn how to handle snow-covered roads, for example, and how to interpret temporary construction signs and other situations that could throw its systems for a loop. ..... has added the Lexus RX450h hybrid car to its self-driving car family .... “One day we hope this capability will enable people to be more productive in their cars”The self-driving car logs more miles on new wheels