Google taught cars to drive without a driverApril 24, 2020
Waymo, which is part of the Google empire, introduced a fifth-level autopilot based on the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover.
The fifth-level autonomous control package developed by the company has been completely redesigned taking into account road tests. During the work on the project, test cars “dashed” 32 million km along public roads and another 16 billion km in simulation mode.
As a result, the novelty has become not only much more effective than its predecessor, but also has become structurally half the price.
The kit includes new lidars of our own design, which provide a circular view and generate a three-dimensional image of the space surrounding the car. Thanks to the lidars, the system is able to calculate the size of objects and the distance to them around the car at a distance of up to 300 meters, receiving information with higher accuracy and resolution.
Lidars work with new high-precision cameras. They can receive a more detailed high-quality image, even in difficult road conditions. The combination of new lidars and cameras also allows Waymo vehicles to identify pedestrians and traffic signs up to 500 meters away.
The Waymo autopilot system also has in its arsenal a new generation of radars that can instantly detect and measure the speed of an object even in the most difficult weather conditions, such as fog, rain or snow, providing control over objects around the car.
The new Waymo fifth-level autopilot is the world’s first imaging radar system for autonomous control with maximum resolution, range and field of view.
The first test car equipped with the new Waymo autopilot was the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover. Another useful difference of the novelty is that the system components are located on the roof, allowing you to save useful space in the trunk of the machine for its intended use.
Recall that Waymo began a project to create autonomous cars in 2009.
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