Google in the driver’s seat

Photo credit: AFP Relaxnews Washington: New research suggests that Google’s unrivaled access to complementary technologies could mean it will be offering consumers access to driverless taxis before a traditional carmaker can get its first autonomous car in a dealership. During his media roundtable discussion at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan head Carlos Ghosn was very careful to make a clear distinction between autonomous driving aids and the concept of self-driving cars. “Driverless cars are cars without a driver, which is what Google and Uber are pursuing,” he said. “Our objective for autonomous drive is not to take you out of the car. Our objective is to keep you in the car and empower you.” Al traditional automakers agree on this point. Technology should not cancel out driver involvement. When the…


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