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Test Your Knowledge: Autonomous Cars
by Staff
Let go of the wheel, and let your car do the driving. How much do you know about autonomous cars? Test your knowledge of these driverless vehicles by taking this quiz.

Ultimately, speed limits for autonomous cars may be what?

  • higher
  • lower
  • about the same as manual cars

Autonomous cars can drive without what?

  • computers
  • human commands
  • doors

About how many people die every year in car crashes?

  • 500,000
  • 800,000
  • 1 million

Autonomous cars will most likely appear in which market first?

  • fleet vehicles
  • consumer vehicles
  • military vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists how many technological levels for autonomous cars?

  • five
  • four
  • three

What is the lowest vehicle automation level at which a human can let the robotic car do all the driving?

  • level three
  • level four
  • level two

Google's autonomous car probably will not have what feature?

  • mirrors
  • steering wheel
  • emergency stop button

Which car feature is an example of a level-one robotic capability?

  • laser beams
  • robotic steering
  • automatic braking

In which decade did engineers begin experimenting with self-driving cars?

  • 1920s
  • 1950s
  • 1970s

Why did Google add cushioned materials to the front of its driverless car?

  • to allow drivers to play bumper cars
  • to protect pedestrians
  • to reduce the severity of head-on collisions

How many lidar (light detection and ranging) lasers did the first Google car contain?

  • 64
  • 128
  • 300

Why did the first injurious accident involving a Google driverless car occur?

  • The driver of the Google car fell asleep.
  • The Google car malfunctioned.
  • Another driver ran into the car.

About how many car accidents happen each year in the United States?

  • 2 million
  • 5 million
  • 10 million

Which agency sparked autonomous car development using a highly publicized race?

  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • CIA
  • NASA

What year did Google launch its autonomous car project?

  • 2000
  • 2008
  • 2012

How many dual-core servers did the Cornell University team need to operate its vehicle in DARPA's 2007 Urban Challenge race?

  • 17
  • 20
  • 25

The first electric Google car had a range of how many miles?

  • 100
  • 60
  • 30

How many elements does the Mercedes Attention Assist feature use to monitor a human's driving quality?

  • 120
  • 100
  • 70

The lowered accident rates from self-driving cars could possibly save about how much money in one year?

  • $8 billion
  • $190 billion
  • $800 billion

How much prize money did DARPA offer to the team that won its first autonomous car race?

  • $1 million
  • $3 million
  • $10 million

The electric Google car uses sensors to see about how far?

  • 200 feet (61 meters)
  • 600 feet
  • 1,200 feet

A driverless car might have how many electronic control units on board?

  • six
  • three
  • 60

How many teams signed up for DARPA's 2005 Grand Challenge race?

  • 200
  • 400
  • 500

Aesthetically, how did Google want the exterior of its self-driving car to look?

  • friendly
  • efficient
  • fast

How many autonomous vehicles completed the first DARPA Grand Challenge race?

  • zero
  • two
  • four

What is one possible side effect of the mass adoption of autonomous cars?

  • more crashes
  • more congestion
  • higher costs of driving

According to some experts, replacing all cars with self-driving cars could free up about how many hours per day for commuters?

  • 50 million
  • 300 million
  • 1 billion

What was the average speed of the vehicle that won DARPA's 2007 Urban Challenge?

  • 28 miles per hour (45 kilometers per hour)
  • 14 miles per hour
  • 8 miles per hour

In 2016 how much money did President Barack Obama propose to jump-start autonomous vehicle development?

  • $4 billion
  • $500 million
  • $50 million

According to Boston Consulting Group, fully autonomous cars might make up what percentage of cars by 2035?

  • 25 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 10 percent