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Old 03-08-2012, 01:05 PM   #26
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I just see it as a way to get a nice big RJG article that will basically be free advertising that "hey look what you can do with your car and $25" which I would hope/imagine would boost our attendance.

Even if there was a desire for , and the creation of an Autonomous Class. it would still boost paid entries and course workers. though that's not something i am hoping to see, but i would gladly accept that over such small turn outs that prices have to go up. (worker shortage, etc)
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:47 PM   #27
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Default The situation to date.

Here's a copy of the email I sent today to our Google liaison, David Goldwater of LV:

Hello David,

I'm pleased to report that following considerable discussion at last evening's monthly meeting of Reno/SCCA, a decision was made, pending positive response from Google, to follow through with a formal invitation to have one of their ACV's participate in a Reno/SSCCA Autocross event later this year.

Patiently awaiting a response...

Thanks for your assistance.

Steve Waclo



And Alex , thanks for your positive thoughts!

Ryan...suspect there will always be a place in the world for IC autos and enthusiasts like all of us in SCCA and other motor sports!!

And remember, the car is not pre-programmed. It pretty much makes it up as it goes along...in fact, a lot like I drive.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:27 AM   #28
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Getting way ahead of myself on this project, but look what I found!

"Google’s fleet of six autonomous Toyota Priuses and an Audi TT are easily identifiable by a distinctive laser range finder mounted on the roof. The cars also have a variety of radar and camera sensors and a trunkful of computer equipment."

The suspense is killing me...

Gonna' be inconsolable for weeks if this does not happen...
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:14 PM   #29
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This is going to be great when it gets to NASCAR,
Something you aren't telling us, Bill?

http://www.google.com/racing/



Small Potatoes. We has them.
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Well, that pretty much puts an end to this thread.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:17 PM   #32
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:23 AM   #33
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Hello Steve,

I want to thank you for your kind note and for thinking of our self-driving car project. It's an ongoing effort for a very dedicated group of engineers at Google, and while they have a long way to go, they are motivated by all of the support they've received from well-informed and specialized groups like yours.

You're correct that Google's cars have not been involved in any motorsports activities. That said, after discussing with several team members, I'm afraid that now is not the appropriate time to start such a project. While the team receives many promising requests, their priorities simply can't accommodate them all.

I've passed your email message, including your contact information, to the team leads so that they may keep your organization in mind should an opportunity arise in the future.

Thanks again for your kind invitation, and hopefully we will be in touch again.

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Something you aren't telling us, Bill?

http://www.google.com/racing/



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http://www.nascar.com/news/120401/go...oke/index.html
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Here's the email sent this morning from an official with Google. While it does not totally slam the door, looks like an organization may need to be at NASCAR level to attract attention (thanks for the link Kevin). Other options may be available and I'll be in touch with Don before I proceed.

Not ready to write off ACV's just yet.

Busted link on Rotuscars?




Hello Steve,

I want to thank you for your kind note and for thinking of our self-driving car project. It's an ongoing effort for a very dedicated group of engineers at Google, and while they have a long way to go, they are motivated by all of the support they've received from well-informed and specialized groups like yours.

You're correct that Google's cars have not been involved in any motorsports activities. That said, after discussing with several team members, I'm afraid that now is not the appropriate time to start such a project. While the team receives many promising requests, their priorities simply can't accommodate them all.

I've passed your email message, including your contact information, to the team leads so that they may keep your organization in mind should an opportunity arise in the future.

Thanks again for your kind invitation, and hopefully we will be in touch again.

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It seemed pretty obvious, I was more commenting on Bill's prescience.
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Hey I'm already beaten by everyone else . . . I'm beating myself half the time . . . why not lose to "no-one"!
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Hey I'm already beaten by everyone else . . . I'm beating myself half the time = lose to "no-one"!

Jim... Fixed your typo
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