Google awarded patent for driverless car

Technically, the patent, listed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is for transitioning from a mixed-mode vehicle to an autonomous mode. The full write up is rather long and technical. The abstract, included next, summarizes how the vehicle needs to have a reference indicator in order to switch to automated driving.

Disclosed are methods and devices for transitioning a mixed-mode autonomous vehicle from a human driven mode to an autonomously driven mode. Transitioning may include stopping a vehicle on a predefined landing strip and detecting a reference indicator. Based on the reference indicator, the vehicle may be able to know its exact position. Additionally, the vehicle may use the reference indictor to obtain an autonomous vehicle instruction via a URL. After the vehicle knows its precise location and has an autonomous vehicle instruction, it can operate in autonomous mode.

You can also see what it’s like to ride along inside Google’s driverless car.

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | December 15, 2011  |  No Comment

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