Google is known to be doing all it can to crush its competition. And, they are keen on tapping into different areas of technology. One of their areas of interest is a self-driving car that can offer pick and drop services. This is what Uber is known to specialize in as they have pioneered in the concept.
There are different ways that you could follow developments in the technological world. One of the best ways is to keep track of any new patents that are filed by popular companies and organizations. A recent patent that has come to light from the part of Google is that of a technology to efficiently determine pickup and destination locations for autonomous cars.
What Google aims at is the operation of self-driving cars in a completely autonomous mode. Google expects autonomous self-driving cars to maneuver themselves to locations detailed by passengers such as their pickup locations as well as their destinations. But as expected, there are drawbacks to autonomous vehicles as they can not travel to all locations where human-driven vehicles can.
If autonomous vehicles become a reality, they would still require manual intervention at all levels. For now, it seems like humans could do with some rest while driving by switching an auto mode on when driving. See this site for further details on this issue.