Driverless Cars Hit Texas, Here’s A Look At My Experience In One
When I went to visit my friend in California she had just got off the waitlist to ride in the driverless cars or autonomous vehicles.
While Cruise has suspended its vehicles nationwide after just launching in Austin and Houston, there are still a lot of other companies offering it. Cruise operates about 50 cars in Austin and just launched a fleet in Houston and is now suspending all of its operations including right here in Texas.
So the one we actually used was Waymo which is Google's autonomous driving sister company. It was a Jaguar car that picked us up and had my friend's initials at the top of the car so we knew it was ours.
Waymo is currently in Phoenix, Arizona, and San Francisco, CA. They are also testing their services in Los Angeles, Austin, and Bellevue, Washington, US.
So how does it work? The car is equipped with sensors — cameras, radar, and lidar (light detection and ranging) — that provide a complete view of the world around it. It also uses GPS to track its location. The data from these sensors feed the car’s artificial intelligence brain in real time, enabling it to make decisions such as choosing a route and identifying traffic lights, road signals, and objects.