Google’s patent shows how Self-Driving taxis will determine pickup locations

Maps is going to be the key for any self-driving taxi application!

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Anyone who has used an app to hail a taxi know that it’s almost impossible to get the pickup location right, without having to call the driver and describe the exact location where you are standing. Now imagine a future where there is no driver! How exactly are you going to convey to our Self-driving taxi where you are waiting? In addition, autonomous vehicles may not be able to stop and drive in the same way we can.

Google’s latest patent “Determining Pickup and Destination Locations for Autonomous Vehicles” addresses this challenge. The system proposed by Google will assess your input location, and if its not ideal for the Self-driving car to pick you up, it will provide you with an alternative set of suggested pickup (and drop) locations taking into account your surrounding and the optimal walking distance to the suggested pickup location. Once the user selects one of the suggested pickup locations, the system will dispatch the autonomous vehicle to the defined location. If there was ever any doubt that Google was working on an alternative to Uber, the patent certainly puts them to rest.

Determining Pickup and Destination Locations for Autonomous Vehicles – Copyright PatentYogi

The technology behind autonomous cars is already there, however the practical challenges  will probably take longer to address and Google’s patent clearly shows how important maps are going to address those challenges.

The full-text of the patent application paper on “Determining Pickup and Destination Locations for Autonomous Vehicles” is available here.

SOURCEThe Next Web

I am one of those passionate “Geo-geeks” and “Geo-people” who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.