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As self-driving cars arrive, Google Maps looks for its place – San Francisco Chronicle

Recently Google maps has been looking for its place as self-driving cars make their near. Google maps has dominated online mapping since the overtake of its older rivals seven years ago. However competitors may close in with self-driving cars coming closer. One thing that Google maps does have in their favor is the more than one billion users they have worldwide.

Key Takeaways:

  • The maps demanded by the robot cars will not only track routes but also intricately monitor the environment in 3-D, so that the vehicle can differentiate between walking pedestrians and cones in the street.
  • The self-driving car project, now a separate company under Alphabet, has been running for seven years and logged more than 2 million miles, testing out autonomous vehicles in areas including Mountain View.
  • Fitzpatrick said one of the hardest challenges for her team is deciding what types of information to go after next.

“The self-driving car project, now a separate company under Alphabet, has been running for seven years and logged more than 2 million miles, testing out autonomous vehicles in areas including Mountain View.”

http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/As-self-driving-cars-arrive-Google-Maps-looks-9957447.php