The classic American road trip could rely a lot less on driving and a lot more on sightseeing; that is, if Google has anything to do with it. They are currently shopping their autonomous driving technology to interested customers, according to a recent article in WIRED.
Sebastian Thrun, the chief engineer behind the project–part of the company’s highly secretive Google X Labs program–test drove a Lexus RX hybrid with self-driving technology near Lake Tahoe and discussed the project (while wearing a pair of Google’s augmented reality glasses) with Charlie Rose last week. Google is currently petitioning the California legislature to allow testing on state roads as part of a plan to not only refine the technology, but also demonstrate the car’s safety.
For drivers, as well as insurers and automakers interested in adopting the technology, safety will be Google’s biggest hurdle– but how safe do the cars have to be? Thrun answered this question earlier this week at the WIRED Business Conference.