CATA Presentation on Self-Drive Cars Underscored by Goggle Unveiling
May 29, 2014

A CATA presentation about the future of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles was underscored with Google’s announcement that it was building a pilot fleet of autonomous cars.

“These new cars have no steering wheel and no brake,” said CATA EVP Barry Gander.  “It makes sense: Google has found that drivers are not needed in the driving loop, so make the vehicles passengers-only.”

Gander’s presentation was made to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, on the future of safer vehicles, on behalf of CATA’s networked vehicles division:

http://www.slideshare.net/BarryGander/cata-i-canada-ccmta-presentation-may-26-14 

The Google car looks more like a pod than a vehicle, and has only a start and stop button.  “Cars like these would eliminate 34,000 traffic deaths each year,” added Gander, “and reduce the cost of transportation by some $300-billion/year.”

When vehicles shoulder the burden of driving, they eliminate the need to spend 20 minutes looking for a parking space, and allow seniors and blind people the dignity of mobility.  See:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/28/googles-new-driverless-car_n_5401375.html 

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