Google’s Self Driving Car Sensor Data

I wrote about Car Electronics at 2012 and updated the article with many comments. Now here is some new news to car electronics technologies that is worth a new post.

Google has already logged an impressive amount of miles in its Toyota Prius fleet equipped with $70,000 radar systems.

Google’s Self Driving Car Gathers Nearly 1 GB/Sec blog posting by Bill Gross tells that Google’s self-driving car gathers 750 megabytes of sensor data per SECOND! It is capturing every single thing that it sees moving – cars, trucks, birds, rolling balls, dropped cigarette butts, and fusing all that together to make its decisions while driving.

What the brain of Google’s self-driving car sees: The ‘Terminator’s-eye-view’ that shows just what it takes to navigate a city article has an images of what Google’s self-driving cars see when it makes a left turn. It bears a striking resemblance to the view the Terminator sees in the classic sci-fi films. This Is What A Google Self-Driving Car ‘Sees’ At A Stoplight article has also image of the sensor data.

Google: Self-driving cars in 3-5 years. Feds: Not so fast article says that self-driving car could be available to consumers in 3-5 years, the head of Google’s autonomous driving project says. The plan is that Google creates software technology. Ford, Toyota and Audi build cars. Other projections have been for 2020 and beyond.

Tesla Interested in Google Self-Driving Car Technology article tells that Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently sat down for an interview with Bloomberg, conveying the automaker’s interest in bringing autopilot capabilities to its vehicles. Musk and company have apparently already spoken to Google about its still-in-testing tech, but there’s some chance Tesla may strike out on its own system.

The real challenge could be getting the self-driving car approved for use of public highways everywhere, not just the handful of states that allow self-driving cars for test purposes. In the meantime, look for assisted-driving cars that self-drive (loosely defined) under certain limited conditions.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Pilotless flight trialled in UK shared airspace

    A Jetstream aircraft became the first to fly “unmanned” across UK shared airspace last month.

    An on-board pilot handled the take-off, from Warton, near Preston in Lancashire, and landing, in Inverness.

    But during the 500-mile journey, the specially adapted plane was controlled by a pilot on the ground, instructed by the National Air Traffic Services.

    There were no passengers, but the 16-seater aircraft flew in airspace shared with passenger carriers.

    Known as “the Flying Testbed”, it contains on-board sensors and robotics to identify and avoid hazards.

    “Although there is still work to be done it would seem that, on the basis of the success of this flight, a UAV could operate in different classes of airspace.”

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mercedes S-Class wows with 3D cameras and night vision

    The Mercedes S-Class, to be launched in 2014, is packed with blow-your-mind details: LED lights, a perfumer, radar, 3D cameras.

    Mercedes officials noted that it will be the first automobile to dispense with conventional light bulbs, opting instead for more advanced LED technology for everything from the head to taillights, and all those small indicators, reading lamps and mood lights in-between.

    The mammoth, 104-page press release covering all the details of the new car is overwhelming. The section on sensors runs longer than most new car announcements.

    As the maker revealed during a session halfway around the world at the annual Google I/O developers’ conference, there will be more apps. Mercedes is even developing a so-called “Heat Map” system to guide a motorist to the center of the urban action by visualizing areas with high concentrations of night clubs, restaurants and shopping centers.

    Don’t expect to see final pricing until closer to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class launch this autumn, but expect about $100,000, a moderate increase over the current $93,000 base.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Graphics chip recognizes nearby pedestrians and bicycles

    Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU) announced the development of MB86R24, the company’s third-generation graphic SoCs for automotive applications. The device incorporates the Approaching Object Detection functionality—which notifies drivers of nearby people, bicycles and other objects—into the 360° Wraparound View System that allows drivers to check their entire surroundings in 3D from any angle.

    In addition to the Approaching Object Detection, the new chip also enables the development of integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems that consolidate and provide centralized control over a variety of onboard vehicle information. Until now, the display of such information on multiple screens has been controlled independently for each screen. The MB86R24 is expected to help in improving safety, comfort and peace of mind for automobile drivers, as well as for home and industrial applications that are becoming increasingly important.

    The 360° Wraparound View System uses cameras facing forward, backward, left, and right to synthesize a 3D model of the environment and then display the surroundings from any perspective.

    Equipped with 6 full HD input channels and 3 display output channels, the MB86R24 boasts roughly double the CPU performance and 5 times the GPU performance of its predecessor, delivering sharper images and the ability to view surroundings from any perspective. This SoC can also take input from 6 cameras simultaneously, thereby enabling greater flexibility in rendering 3D imagery and making the technology applicable in a wider range of scenarios.

    The CPU employs two ARM Cortex-9 cores along with the PowerVR SGX543 3D graphics. The SoC also features Fujitsu Semiconductor’s proprietary 2D graphics engine.

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