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Earlier this week, Google was granted a patent for a method of controlling a “mixed-mode autonomous vehicle”. But from here on out let’s call this “mixed-mode autonomous vehicle” what it is: a freaking robot car. Google has been developing this technology for some time. Back in the fall of 2010, the company was testing out robot cars (with trained operators inside to intervene if something went awry) around its Mountain View campus and the surrounding areas. These robot cars logged some 140,000 miles and used a combination of video cameras, radar technology, and laser range finders to do so without crashing into other cars, people, or objects. The patent appears... Read more...