2012MWC: Google Self-Driving (Driverless) Cars Turning into Reality Soon! Eric Schmidt
2012 Mobile World congress (MWC) is going on in Barcelona (Spain) where globally recognized tech companies are busy to expose their future plans and demos for future products to attract the world. Today, Google’s exective chairman Eric Schmidt took the stage and disclosed that rapid changes and improvement in tech world will soon be able to turn a few dreams into reality….in other words we will soon be able to handle driverless or self-driving cars, robots for daily works at office or at home or will be able to visit another place virtually without leaving our spot.
Schmidt told the world that availability of digital books online, languages translation through internet and voice recognition softwares have been introduced well ahead of the time thought by any tech analyst and if the pace of introducing new devices equipped with hi-tech features exists at the same speed, we will soon be able to convert some science fictions into reality well before of their expected time of arrival.
Schmidt told to thousands of listeners participating in 2012 MWC-Barcelona-world’s biggest show for promoting mobile technology;
“People who predict that holograms and self-driving cars will become reality soon are absolutely right”
Interestingly, Schmidt stepped down as Google’s chief executive last year but he is still working as company’s chief representative in the public eye. When he was Google’s CEO, he never discussed over long-term visions like those he expressed in Barcelona.
Schmidt also pointed out that the researchers and scientists are doing their best to find out new technical ways through which people can find themselves at another place like events virtually so they can see, hear and even feel the event just like their real presence in the event.
One participant of the MWC questioned to Schmidt that she was scared that this technology would eventually be resulted in dehumanizing, but he replied by holding up his cell phone into the air.
“It has an off button and it is here on the right,” Schmidt said. “My point is it is all about your control. If you don’t like my version of a rock concert, I’m not forcing you to go.”
He also talked about the possibility of sending small robots to events for video and voice transmissions where their presence seems impossible or unnecessary, Schmidt said.
“In the future you’ll be able to dispatch a robot to each event”
As we have earlier reported that Google has been working on testing driverless cars for years and today Schmidt noted that several U.S. states are already preparing laws and regulations for bringing these astonishing cars on the road in reality. Google’s technology for self-driving cars got first big appreciation earlier this month when Nevada became the first U.S. state to push out requirements for the testing of driverless cars on state roads.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval even took a test ride in a driverless Toyota Prius in July this year. The car was designed and developed by Google equipped with radar, sensors letting the car to “see” the road, other vehicles and people. The car has an auto-pilot switch for using it with human drivers.
Schmidt told the attendees that such type of Google’s self-driving cars have logged more than 200,000 miles (322,000 kilometers) in their test drives.
Schmidt also told to all that;
The web will be everything, but it will be nothing,” he said. “It will be like electricity, it is just there.
People will eventually be able to use virtual reality go to places like Marrakech in Morocco or to North Korea “whenever it has an election”.
It will redefine the relationship these people have in the world. In times of war and suffering, it will be impossible to ignore the cries of people calling out for help. In this new world there will be far fewer places for dictators.
With information comes power and with power comes choice, and smarter resourceful citizens are going to demand a better deal for their communities.
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