Google has successfully patented a “landing strip” technology for its self-driving cars, providing a way for the cars to automatically slip into autonomous mode and notice parking spots. The “landing strip” seems to be very little over an embedded sensor within the ground, whether or not it’s a radio, QR code, or another means that of transferring data to the automotive. The key, however, is that the data and the way the automotive uses it. The patent, 1st noted by TechRadar, was approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark.
Google 1st disclosed its self-driving automotive in Oct. 2010, already in a complicated stage of development. In October, Google‘s Sergey Brin, who is overseeing the autonomous automotive as a part of his specialize in developing analysis, said that technical challenges stay, likewise as merely gaining permission from states to permit self-driving cars across their roadways.
Google Self-Driving automotive Landing Strip Patent
Brin reported in October that his groups have already driven over one,000 miles while not the requirement for a driver to manually take management of the vehicle, however that an mixture total of one million miles was necessary. Sebastian Thrun, who leads the dedicated automotive team at Google, wrote that Google‘s cars have driven over two hundred,000 miles while not an accident.
Google‘s latest patent suggests a state of affairs where the automotive would really stop and transition from an autonomous mode to a user-controlled mode. a picture accompanying the patent suggests Google would use an enormous QR code that would be painted on the roadway and scanned optically, though the patent text suggests that a RF, cellular association, or different medium can be used. Google‘s cars use GPS technology to orient themselves, however in sure cases a GPS signal might not be accessible. The landing “strip” may even be a parking spot, where an electrical vehicle may charge.
Google additionally suggests that the landing strip may either contain missive of invitation to download new directions, or communicate new knowledge among the strip itself. though Google uses lasers and different devices to detect objects and verify its own location, the patent suggests that it may update its databases, or receive directions to maneuver one hundred feet forward, flip left twenty degrees, and proceed forward one hundred feet.
“For example, the autonomous vehicle could also be used as a virtual tour guide of Millennium Park in Chicago,” the patent states. “In the instance embodiment, the vehicle could have an instruction to drive to the Cloud Gate (Silver Bean) sculpture at Millennium Park. When the vehicle arrives, the autonomous instruction could tell it to attend within the location for a predetermined quantity of your time, for instance five minutes. The instruction could then direct the vehicle to drive to the Crown Fountain at Millennium Park and once more watch for five minutes. Next, the instruction could tell the vehicle to drive to the Ice Rink at Millennium Park and watch for another predetermined quantity of your time. Finally, the vehicle instruction could tell the vehicle to come to its beginning position.”
“In some embodiments, the vehicle instruction could also be a set instruction telling the vehicle one route and timing for the route,” Google‘s patent added. “In another embodiment, the autonomous instruction could also be a listing of doable directions presented to an individual’s within the vehicle.
The human could also be able to choose a degree of interest and therefore the vehicle can responsively execute the associated autonomous instruction. in a very additional embodiment, the vehicle instruction could be a single command telling the vehicle to drive itself to at least one specific location.” One side that the patent apparently doesn’t cover: using the landing strip as a transition from a self-driving region to a neighborhood where the user would wish to require management of his or her own vehicle, like a transition off of a freeway into a residential neighborhood.
Google Has Successfully Experimental
“Landing Strip” for Self Driving Cars