Mystery Google’s Barge Will be Invite-only Google X Showroom, Says Report

Google Inc is creating something super secret on a huge barge that’s floating in the San Francisco Bay.

A 250-foot barge with four stories of shipping containers floating in the waters of the San Francisco Bay is predicted to become the next Google’s marketing step. Photo: Steve Rhodes/Flickr

The top secret but grand project, “personally directed” by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, will become a showroom for special projects and products produced by the Internet searching company, sources familiar with the matter say.

After a week of talks and speculation on what the tech company has been building on a 250-foot long barg in the San Francisco Bay and in Maine’s Casco Bay, the mystery may well be over: Google is developing a reconfigurable, invite-only showroom for Google X-related projects and products, Cnet writes.

According to sources, the company has been working on the project for more than a year, and it plans to make the showroom movable and also capable of being taken apart and reassembled as needed.

The publication adds: “The idea is that elements of it could be on the water one day, or on a ski slope the next. The edifice will have three floors of showrooms and a party deck,” citing “a source who has been on board the vessel.”

It seems like Google will never stop surprising people by its incredible ideas. Thus, a few days ago report emerged, claiming that Google’s robot cars are better than human drivers.

Google’s autonomous Prius and Lexus cars are much more safer than cars driven by humans, the leader of Google’s autonomous-car project claims.

During a robotics conference in California Chris Urmson told reporters that the company’s self-driving cars appeared to be smoother and safer than cars driven by professional drivers, Mashable claims.

He said: “We’re spending less time in near-collision states. Our car is driving more smoothly and more safely than our trained professional drivers.”

He proved his words by presenting results from two studies which examined data from Google’s cars on public roads in California and Nevada. The sudies showed that when a man was behind the wheel, Google’s cars accelerated and braked significantly more sharply than they did when driving themselves.

In one test, a Google autonomous car was hit by another one and the car’s used an annotated map of the surroundings which proved what happened.

Urmson added: “We don’t have to rely on eyewitnesses that can’t act be trusted as to what happened — we actually have the data. The guy around us wasn’t paying enough attention. The data will set you free.”

In addition describing extra-ordinary capabalities of Google robot cars, Urmson demonstrated a new dashboard display that his group has developed to show people what an autonomous car is doing and when they might want to take over.

“Inside the car we’ve gone out of our way to make the human factors work,” he said.

Google has been testing its robot vehicle on public roads since 2010, always with a human in the driver’s seat who can take over if necessary.

The car-project leader dismissed rumors that legal and regulatory problems pose a major barrier to cars that are completely autonomous. He noted that several American states, for example, California, Nevada and Florida have already adjusted their laws to allow tests of self-driving cars.

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