Friday, March 30, 2012

Teknologi Google untuk Tuna Netra : Self Driving Car

Larry and Sergey founded Google because they wanted to help solve really big problems using technology. And one of the big problems we’re working on today is car safety and efficiency. Our goal is to help prevent traffic accidents, free up people’s time and reduce carbon emissions by fundamentally changing car use.

So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles. We think this is a first in robotics research.

Our automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain.

To develop this technology, we gathered some of the very best engineers from the DARPA Challenges, a series of autonomous vehicle races organized by the U.S. Government. Chris Urmson was the technical team leader of the CMU team that won the 2007 Urban Challenge. Mike Montemerlo was the software lead for the Stanford team that won the 2005 Grand Challenge. Also on the team is Anthony Levandowski, who built the world’s first autonomous motorcycle that participated in a DARPA Grand Challenge, and who also built a modified Prius that delivered pizza without a person inside. The work of these and other engineers on the team is on display in the National Museum of American History.

Sumber: What we’re driving at

Akhirnya Google meluncurkan kabar terbarunya dalam projek ini bersama Sersan Troy Hoefling dari Kepolisian Morgan Hill mempraktekan mobil untuk tuna netra dengan memodifikasiToyota Prius. Steve Mahan, seorang tuna netra, dikawal Sersan Troy Hoefling melakukan perjalan pendek menggunakan mobil dengan teknologi Google tersebut seperti yang dicita-citakan pada posting Google di atas.

Meskipun jaraknya pendek namun tetap merupakan keajaiban bagi Steve Mahan yang difabel netra. Video : Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan (Audio Described).

Apa yang dilakukan memang beda, karena Mahan tidak menyetir sendiri namun dilakukan oleh teknologi Google, bukan seperti kegilaan dalam film 'Scent of a woman' yang dilakukan Al Pacino dalam aktingnya sebagai orang buta yang menyetir Ferrari.

Steve Mahan memang tidak buta total, dia 95% buta namun pengalaman ini adalah sesuatu yang luar bias meskipun mobil ini masih belum siap untuk dipasarkan. Karena Google juga harus berhati-hati dengan kegagalannya tahun lalu - Self-Driving Cars Get First Green Light As Nevada Approves Requirement Regulations - karena setir mobil yang disentuh pengendaranya.

Via Google's Self Driving Car Takes Blind Man To Taco Bell
Teknologi Google untuk Tuna Netra : Self Driving Car
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