Google Self Driving Cars Coming to the UK
Google parent company Alphabet said Wednesday that its self-driving auto project will expand testing to Kirkland, Washington later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles.
This would mark Kirkland, WA the second city Google has chosen for autonomous vehicle tests. Hevo’s Alpha can charge only 1.5 kilowatts from circular transmitter, while Momentum Dynamics boasts up to 200 Kilowatts through its wireless transmitters.
Google believes that when a vehicle hovers over these transmitters it will start charging and if a auto passes over a series of these manholes it could keep charging while on the move.
The self-driving electrical vehicle developed by Google will soon be tested on the busy streets of London.
Google has extended its efforts concerning the self-driving auto project. She adds, “We’re thrilled to have the cars here as they do more testing; it’s a great fit”.
“We met them a few weeks ago to see whether they would do trials here”, she told the event. Back in December, Chris Urmson wrote in a Medium post, “We’ve heard countless stories from people who need a fully self-driving vehicle today”. As of July 2015, there had only been 14 accidents involving driverless cars, the Telegraph reports, all of them caused by human drivers. According to Google, Kirkland offers an ideal location for the company to test its autonomous vehicle technology in rainy and wet weather conditions.
The news comes from documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) detailing Google’s possible plans for axing charging cables from its cars. The company is looking into a technology that uses magnetic induction in order to charge the vehicles with a beam of energy sent to the bottom of the auto. Since the project initiated in 2009, this will be the first time Google will test its cars outside the US. Hevo Power’s wireless charging system is only being used at Google’s headquarters for now.
London therefore would provide a valuable testing ground for the firm. It also would help acquire data on driving on the left.