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Google's 'Waymo' Embraces Fully Self-Driving Cars

By Brian Spaen

When it comes to self-driving cars, many people still want the chance to take control of their vehicle if the occasion calls for it, such as during an emergency. Some automakers are working on the technology that would allow users to do just that. Google, however, has made an interesting discovery: In testing their self-driving cars, they realized that human drivers were falling asleep at the wheel and slow to respond in such emergencies, when the system alerted them to take over. With this realization, they're moving into technology that requires no human intervention at all. 

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, announced on Monday that the company officially wouldn’t add any autopilot features in their vehicles. Tests were filmed back in 2013 of employees on their phones, sleeping, and doing various other activities when the car was driving at nearly 60 miles per hour. These videos were finally released at a public event on Monday.

The problem arises in a system where the car alerts the passenger to take control of the vehicle. Waymo believes that it would be a dangerous situation for somebody to break out of what they’re doing and attempt to control the vehicle. Understandably, if they weren't paying attention to begin with, it can be confusing and startling for someone to jump in and figure out what to do.