Minority Report Technology Made Real With Google Robot Cars!

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The Tom Cruise movie Minority Report predicted a ton of new technology, but one of the most useful had to be the self-driving cars that whirled around director Steven Spielberg’s vision of the future. Well, the future is now! Technology giant Google unveiled findings from tests using self-driving robot cars and have gone pretty far with little to no driver control: over 140,000 miles.

Imagine riding around in a plush car as it drove itself, able to watch movies, work on a computer or take a nap while en route to wherever you need to be. All that with no need to stand on a train platform or at a bus stop. Almost perfect, right? If you’re anything like us – with a commute each day in traffic – this new technology will make life amazing. We can’t wait for this to become a standard feature! :)

The technology uses a variety of proximity sensors such as laser guidance and radar to find and avoid obstacles. Linked with GPS through a computer for routing, these cars can go anywhere you ask them to without your help!

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, this kind of automotive wizrdry is set to improve all kinds of driving in the future – much like Minority Report technology did in the film. One of the major bonuses would be less traffic and faster commutes with networks guiding cars to keep a steady pace rather than the stop-and-go of gridlock. Finally, something to make people merge correctly. ;)

Check out a video below of the Google robot car caught in the wild by a passenger in a passing vehicle. You can tell it’s different than the Google Street View cars since it doesn’t have the massive camera mounted atop a pole.

Google Computer-Driven Prius from Ben Tseitlin on Vimeo.

In all the testing on the Google self driving car, there was only a single collision, and that came when the car was rear-ended by someone else! That’s a healthy indicator that self driving and computer controlled autos have come a long way.

How would you like to get chauffeured by a car straight out of Minority Report? Does is seem scary or awesome? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Moni

    if you are Tom Cruise is the driver, happy I bought the car jejejejeje

  • Sonia Oliveira

    vc e meu sonho lindo em uma noite de luar! hó meu Deus como gostaria de poder te tocar ! ouvir aos meus ouvidos sua vos encantadoura e doce! mas sei que nunca poderei tornar realidade meu sonho de magia e encantamento, so sei que estou enviando esta mensagem na esperança de que vc venha ler e saber que eu existo ! mil beijinhos doces e abraços meus pra ta?

  • likki

    Seriously, so technology will take away the best amusement of human life, I condemn google!

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  • http://iishmael.com Ishmael

    The minority report makes me laugh. Thanks for sharing. I think I’d be scared to death being in such a car. One can never tell about technology… It’s serious business. I mean Cruise & Spielberg probably knew something the rest of us mere mortals didn’t know- keep up the good work, guys. Love. Ishmael

  • http://www.wahayninelloclayton.com Wahayn

    when will it be available for the public!

  • http://www.caseymckinnon.com Casey McKinnon

    And no doubt Tom will ride his own Google Car by jumping on top! ;)

  • Marcelo Caballero

    Tom I need one so !!

  • http://facebook.com heba fares

    waw. great. and this movie is very beautiful .i like all tom cruise’s movies

  • http://www.hudsonhorizons.com/ Rania

    Great post! I just wrote an article about this self-driven Google car and how this futuristic vehicle is something we’ve only seen in movies to date, like Minority Report!


  • http://martinsoler.com Martin Soler HDR Photography

    When I read the article at the time I thought exactly that – another Minority Report dream coming true. Just like the Xbox Kinect which will have menus driven by hand gestures.
    Lot’s more to come… :-)

  • Emilydoyle1

    omg that looks awesome!!

  • Mitesh Khushalani

    It seems quite good….would love to be in it and enjoy it……it’d be awesome

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  • Chris

    It looks cool. I would wait for more testing obviously. But Right now its a scary thought. And I enjoy driving.