Google gets a lot of press mileage from their so-called ‘Self-driving car.’ It’s not. The car is a concept, not a reality. Take the Google car out of Mountain View, CA and drop it into Brooklyn, and it’s a product not ready for prime time. For now, it’s a trick.
The key to Google’s success has been that these cars aren’t forced to process an entire scene from scratch. Instead, their teams travel and map each road that the car will travel. And these are not any old maps. They are not even the rich, road-logic-filled maps of consumer-grade Google Maps.
They’re probably best thought of as ultra-precise digitizations of the physical world, all the way down to tiny details like the position and height of every single curb. A normal digital map would show a road intersection; these maps would have a precision measured in inches.
How is this different than a ride at Disneyland?
Apple works on products people can use, then ships products people can buy and use. Google uses innovation as a smokescreen; a distraction which makes the company look wonderful, but hides what the company really does– siphon personal data from users to sell for profits.