Google wins in self driving research

classic car, wikimedia commonsBecause software is the key to driverless cars, Google is in the lead in research.

That’s the conclusion of a report compiled by market analyst company IHS.

It believes that Google has already spent close to $60 million in autonomous vehicle research and development.

Google also, said IHS, can use adjacent and technology from other projects to help in its research and development. Those technologies include robotics, drones, neural networks, artificial intelligence, machine learning and machine vision.

Egil Juliussen, a senior research director at IHS, said: “No other company has as much relevant technology to advance autonomous driving software. He said that Google’s self driving car software performs beter than nearly all human drivers, provided the weather is OK.

And Google will also have to develop answers to non traditional driving situations.