Google Car

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Introductory Video

Shoot a video introducing the topic and provide purpose of lesson.

Create accounts with YouTube Capture and You Tube Capture allows sharing of video, and Amara allows captioning.

Word 2013 will allow translation of text into multiple languages, so that it can be copied and pasted into Amara captioning.


Google Inc. announced earlier this week on the company’s official blog that it plans to build about a hundred of its prototype driver-less cars and begin testing them on city streets later this summer. No other company, automaker or otherwise, has been working on driver-less technology longer than Google. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google made this statement:

“The purpose of an autonomous vehicle is to allow it to sense, move about in, and interact with its world, to survive, and to carry out useful missions for its users. This has the power to change lives. Too many people are under served by the current transport system. They are blind, or too young to drive, or too old, or intoxicated. One of the most significant obstacles to the proliferation of autonomous cars is the fact that they are illegal on most public roads.”


Message students that Group Work will occur  next week in class and encourage each student to participate as it is a graded activity. Assign students to a group.

Traditional Class-Each group is assigned a color and each student will wear a shirt or blouse representing the color of their group. Group by color allows teammates to find each other quickly.

For example:

Blue Group: Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Emma Stone

White Group: Shia LeBeouf, Liam Neeson, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Ben Stiller

Yellow Group: Channing Tatum, Cameron Diaz, Bruce Willis, Natalie Portman, Tina Fey


Engaging Activities

1. In a face to face class, I would ask the students to use their smart devices to Google search a picture of a Google car.

2. Class survey: What color was your vehicle?  Have you seen a Google Car? Do you use Google Map? Using a smart device they would respond to the questions electronically. (Google Form,,  A show of hands is another alternative.

3. Take a Google car ride by clicking on the following picture.

4. It is unclear if Google plans to manufacture the cars or sell its technology to the automotive industry. The following video depicts the technology utilized by this car narrated by a Google engineer.

5.  Technology diagrams:

google car technology google-car-diagram


The ultimate goal of the automotive industry is to reduce motor vehicle traffic fatalities.

Hardware devices on this car include a computer and sensory equipment which transmits data into a computer program. This program referred to as software interprets the data to navigate the car.

Here is a snapshot of vehicular fatalities for the last decade.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities



6. Take the quiz. Don’t worry, it is not graded and only you will see the results.

quiz pic

7. Accidents Happen! close to home.

Accidents Happen! to Good and Bad Drivers

8. Graded Activity:

Explain In 150 words or less five pros and at least five cons of this futuristic car and suggest how passengers can best utilize their time during their commute?

Online classes would submit their response in a group blog or within a Discussion Question.

Traditional classes would address the question via group work. I suggest a group size of 5 students.One representative of each group would summarize their answer to the entire class with a PowerPoint presentation.

I would nudge the class to Google search the following terms: Aggressive Driving, Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving, Teen Driving, Disabled Driving, Speed Driving, SB-1298 Vehicle Legislation, Legal Liability, 4 Way Stop disputes, Job Losses, Cultural dilemma, Green Vehicle, GPS Blockage, Red Light Cameras, Natural Disaster or Extreme Weather. Economy, Fuel Consumption, BEV Battery Electric Vehicles, AAA, global warming, air pollution.

9. Engaging Activity Conclusion

Using a smart device they would respond to the question electronically. (Google Form,,, A simpler method would be to  or use a show of hands.


Wkould you purchase a driver-less car, if it was affordable

10. Evidence of Learning:

Learning Outcomes:

Each student will use Web browsers and Internet search engines to retrieve information and communicate with others via email.

Each student will understand the importance and use of information systems in business today.

Each student will explain the purpose and functions of computer hardware and software in business.

All students (online, Hybrid, traditional) enrolled in course will submit form.

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