Bright Side of News received word that Google plans to certify and sell its driverless car kit to the automotive industry. If all goes well, the first driverless cars may arrive on the market roughly three to five years from now.
You have probably read quite a few stories from Google's pre-certification press push, talking to select members of the press about how safe the system is - that the cars drove over 300,000 miles without a single incident etc. Such stories are a paramount in generating positive feedback from the car industry, which just like the airline industry - has to be extremely conservative. One seriously botched technology that caused the loss of human life and the manufacturer shipping that technology will find themselves liable to billions of dollars lost to different compensation claims.
Google's Driverless Car System (DCS) represents the integration of many services, turning your car into 'smartcar', just like the smartphone or tablet. With Google Voice, you have a globally-reachable free phone number. With Google Maps and Street View, you have potentially the best navigation out there. Google Glasses will sooner or later make way for Google HUD (Windscreen), which currently exists only on a drawing board and flexible OLED screens (years away from printable transparent OLED display on the inner side of automotive-grade windscreens.