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Google gets patent for driverless car

December 18, 2011

Google was granted a US Patent “for transitioning a mixed-mode autonomous vehicle from a human driven mode to an autonomously driven mode.”
Now comes the endless red tape over safety, negotiations with vehicle manufacturers, etc., that will tie things up for years.
Patent experts say that Google’s patent will not prevent others developing rival self-drive vehicles.
But imagine how your commute will change as you sip your coffee, handle emails, and check the latest headlines without jeopardizing anyone’s safety.

Frank Tobe
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Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.

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