By Tom Z
9:31 AM EDT, August 10, 2012
Anyone who has done the morning commute here knows that Google could put a pair of training wheels on a laptop and it would still be better than the average Connecticut driver. So it’s exciting news that the company’s self-driving vehicles have successfully maneuvered 300,000 miles of road without a single accident. When can you get your hands on one of these things? Don’t get your hopes up just yet, says TechCrunch.
Google warns that “there’s still a long road ahead.” The cars still need to learn how to handle snow-covered roads, for example, and how to interpret temporary construction signs and other situations that could throw its systems for a loop.
This sounds like a great idea, but if I know the Internet, pretty soon you’ll have to watch a 30-second pre-drive ad before you can start the engine. On the bright side, I’ve always wanted to say the words, “Yes officer, I’ve been drinking. In fact, I’m wasted. But don’t worry, I’m not driving. The car is.”
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