Google’s Driverless Cars Will Be Electric: And That’s Important




Mentioned very briefly, Google’s new experimental fleet of robotic cars are electric. That’s important because as one of the leaders of developing the software and artificial intelligence that will move autonomous cars through the streets, Google is now also helping set the path for the hardware of the future industry, and it’s skewing that path toward electric vehicles.

We already knew that Google was interested in exploring pairing autonomous cars with electric cars. I had heard that Google and Tesla were collaborating on some kind of tech around EVs and robotic cars awhile back, and both Google and Tesla have confirmed that they’d had discussions, though there were no concrete plans here. The leaders of both companies have big-picture end games to make transportation more sustainable in general.

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  • Reply June 16, 2014


    That’s uber Uber!! Can’t wait to get a truly *smart* car!

  • Reply June 16, 2014

    Jason X

    From a safety standpoint, this should be great in curbing or eliminating the incidence of DUI’s and chemically impaired drivers behind the wheel

  • Reply June 16, 2014


    Sure, it can remove the human component of chemically-induced impairment, but then what about ‘technologically-induced’ driving impairment due to errors or failure of the software/AI which is driving the vehicle? Many bugs will need to worked out in that regard…

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