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Google’s self driving car – Easier and Safer Driving

September 10, 2015 in Auto News, Green cars, New Cars, New cars by admin

Imagine if everyone typing or speaking to your vehicle’s interface and letting them to drive, while you read a book, take a nap or surf the web. Google’s self driving car- science fiction is coming and they are going to radically change driving experience. Whether it is a visually challenged or aged people they don’t have to give up their independence. Death that dramatically occurs from car accidents will also go down worldwide. Whatever the reason is, this innovation will have a drastic positive impact across globe.

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How Google self-driving car works?
The cars have sensor designed to it, which senses objects like cyclist, pedestrians, vehicles and even birds. Software processes all the information to the car so that it can drive easily and safely without getting distracted. It also processes map so that it can determine what street and which lane it is in. The Software is made in such a way that if objects pass around, it can predict what the object will do and apply the next step. For example, if a pedestrian is an object, then it will predict that as crossing the road and apply the next step of slowing down for pedestrian to cross.

What’s in a Google self driving car?
Google has developed a prototype wherein it starts with a push of a button. Instead of steering wheel and pedals it has a sensor and software that handles driving. Top of the car has a sensor that includes radar, lasers and camera that will detect objects in all directions. It has rounded shape in the corner of a car that maximizes the sensor view. Back-up systems for steering, braking, computing and more is designed in the tires of a car. Electric batteries are used to power the vehicle.

google self driving car

The car was tested on modified Lexus SUV’s and prototype (developed from scratch as fully self driven) over one million miles. These cars are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, California and Austin, Texas.

Despite, driving is a complex task to master, but easier for the computer to process all things that is happening on the road at a faster pace than human mind. The things which look chaotic and difficult for a human eye can easily be predictable by the computer.

While there are few more challenges for Google to overcome, such as avoiding potholes, construction area etc. Once these challenges are fixed launch of this car will make a great impact in automobile industry.

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Large-scale demonstration operation of green cars in Expo

August 2, 2010 in Green cars, New Cars by admin

Shanghai expoWill 2030 be a brighter life for us with �Zero emission, zero traffic accident, no dependence on petroleum, automatic drive�? Can even blind people also be able to drive cars? All these were shown in SAIC-GM Automotive Exhibit Hall in World Expo — the green cars shown and running in Expo park make us believe that maybe all of them will be true.

I. April 11, the Expo Park public-traffic program was published. In the Expo Park, two bus lines among of the three adopted pure electric buses, and another one used super capacitance bus, meanwhile, two tourist lines were equipped with hydrogen fuel tour bus. After the Expo Park was open, bus lines would be added to 6 from the current 3 ones, and the total running distance reached 19 kilometers.

On the same day, the concept vehicle, “Leaf”, researched and developed independently by SAIC, made its world debut in SAIC-GM Automotive Exhibit Hall in the Expo Park. Besides fresh design, “Leaf”, with a giant “green leaf” on its head, steps across “zero emission” and realizes “negative emission”, and shows people the brighter city traffic life in 20 years.

Four days later, Shanghai Word Expo science and technology — green cars delivering ceremony was held with the theme “Green commuting, let Expo cleaner”. The delivered 40 different-model clean energy vehicles represent the highest level of current China green cars, most of which were researched and made by SAIC.

May 1, the Expo opened. A pure electric concept car E1 was shown in low-carbon area in China Pavilion. The car is a pure electric car developed independently by SAIC aiming at the international advanced level, whose body design adopts One Box concept and expands its inner space by the greatest extent. Mass production of the car is planed to be achieved at the end of 2012.

Low-carbon Expo

II. The concept, “low-carbon Expo”, was proposed By Shanghai World Expo. Organizer promised that traffic “zero emission” would be implemented in Expo Park and “low emission” around the Park.

More than a thousand green cars run in and out of Expo Park. This is another concentrated display of our green cars technology and achievements after 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and is also the demonstration of the largest-scale green car commercial operation in the world now.

It is reported that those more than thousand vehicles can be divided into three categories including approximate 300 pure electric vehicles (contain super capacitance bus), about 200 fuel cell vehicles and 500 hybrid electric vehicles.

For the three-category green cars demonstrate and run at the same time, the requirements of vehicle safety, reliability and cost in connection with them are high, as well as little time and heavy tasks. At the beginning of this year, reporter had an interview with Chen Hong, president of SAIC. He expressed that as far as technical difficulty, at present, for the automobile companies at home and abroad, there were many technical difficulties in the green car’s industrialization, especially key parts technology, and hard work is necessary to reach the function of traditional fuel vehicle.

Under the support of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, SAIC makes “battery + electric motor + electric control” and other key parts the breakthrough, speeds up the formation of independent industrial system and industry cluster with leading domestic and international competitiveness.

In order to make the operation in the Park achieve high effective and low consumption object as well as “zero emission”, in addition to the development of more than one thousand green cars, other programs are being implemented synchronously, such as buildings of hydrogen refueling station, charging station, green parking lot and other subsidiary facilities, conceiving of intelligent transportation network, formulation of operation plan and integration of related resources.

There is such an estimation made before Expo Opening that 10,000-ton traditional fuel will be saved, 118-ton hazardous substance and 28,400-ton carbon dioxide emission will be reduced through operation of more than one thousand green cars in the whole Expo period. These figures are really inspiring.

Ma Jing, the general engineer of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information, is always paying close attention to the safety running of green cars. He said that from starting preparation in Expo Park in the last ten-day of April to now, the general running situation of green cars in Expo Park was very well without any safety issue, and survived the test of large passenger flow over 500,000 people in Expo.

According to Wan Gang, minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology, green cars in Expo, no matter the most advanced fuel cell vehicles in the world, independently researched and developed by Shanghai, or the pure electric vehicles generalized as national strategy, or the hybrid electric vehicle which has formed the largest scale industrialization in industry promotion, all would become the demonstration of large scale commercial operation of green cars and the new milestone of advanced automotive technology.

The success of large-scale demonstration operation of green cars in Expo will greatly promote the development of green cars of China.

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Is the New Car Smell an Irritant to you?

February 24, 2010 in Green cars by admin


A new car certainly smells great! But have you ever thought as a consumer like what is responsible for such enchanting perfume in new cars? It�s the materials which it uses like-plastics, leathers, fabrics � that release their molecules into the cabin environment.

Nowhere on a car (in its user�s manual or online) do carmakers list the substances circulating inside the cabin. There are also few government standards controlling their airborne concentrations, even though a number have been linked to health risks ranging from allergies to cancer.

Our car manufacturers use thousand of substances to make out a perfect car, where bromines and antimony are used as flame retardants, chlorine and lead are used to make PVC plastic; and phthalates are used to soften it.

Bromines are a cause of fear which are found in everyday products. The results of which include permanent learning and memory impairment, behavioral changes and cancer. You can find an increasing amount of bromine in children�s car seats and toys which is a matter of concern.

Play it safe:

One obvious thing that goes hand in hand is avoid heat and ultraviolet light from entering your car(as though you can at least minimize the amount), as both can cause materials to break down into molecules that may even catalyze creating new compounds. You can always take care when parking your cars, park them in share, roll down windows and if possible use reflective sun shades.

Keep your car neat and free from dust, which is the source of chemical interaction, thus keeping the surface of objects that attracts dust much and the surroundings can be a good idea.

Its the responsibility of car makers to make cars with products that do no react so harmfully that it may be a threat to the owner of the car in future.

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