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Google’s Next Target for Its Autonomous Car: 1 Million Driverless Miles

The next challenge that the tech giant Google has taken up is to take its self-driving, autonomous car across one million miles without the intervention of drivers.

Google's co-founder Sergey Brin told reporters at the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday that more than 1,000 miles has already been driven by his teams and that too without a driver to take control of the vehicle manually.

Google in August said that the cars have completed more than 160,000 miles though not without driver intervention but without any accident. Even though a video confirmed that a Google's car was involved in an incident of fender-bender for which Google blamed the human driver and cleared the vehicle's autonomous system.

The driver's intervention in these cars is minimal, for example to tap the brakes or simply steering. However, in order to make the car an autonomous mainstream product Google must prove that the driver's eye is not the constant requirement while driving.

In a response to a query Brin said, "And what kind of kicked this off was this thousand-mile challenge that we expressed to the team, to drive a thousand miles without intervention. And it was a hard thousand miles... So they surmounted the challenge, and a thousand miles was a big deal", PCMag reported.