Google plans self-driving robotic motorcycles
If you think driverless cars are the future of transportation, how about driverless robotic motorbikes? Well, Google’s driverless car technology is still in prototype stages, but the company is planning to test their self- driving motorbikes and trucks on public roads. Google had shown its documents to the California state government for permission to test bikes on public roads. The letter seeking permission for testing motorcycles and other vehicles was sent by Ron Medford, the director of safety for Google’s self-driving car program to the state government of California in January.
The project is still in developing stages but it looks like Google is serious to move on to the testing phase. The company has begun lobbying the government to give them permission for examining the self- driving motorcycles and other commercial vehicles on its roads. In recent years, Google has caused lot of controversies because of its driverless vehicle testing as critics complain about our increasing dependence on technology.
Ghost-Rider, an autonomous two-wheeled vehicle has already been created by Google engineer Anthony Levandowski. Due to his role in the development of autonomous driverless vehicles , he faced lot of criticism from a group that protested outside his home back in January. Like Google’s four-wheeled self driving vehicles, the driverless robotic motorbikes are expected to sport a futuristic design and advanced hi-tech features.