Move over Toyota, Google has built its own self-driving car.
After years of developing its autonomous driving technology using various Toyota and Lexus models, the technology giant has created its own self-driving car. Google has shared a video showcasing a prototype of its self-driving car, which doesn’t have a steering wheel, gas pedal or brake pedal. According to the company, the vehicles will be very basic, and Google will use them to learn while adapting them as quickly as possible.
At first glance, you might call the car “cute,” as some of the testers do in the video, but its design is purposeful. With safety in mind, the prototype features sensors that remove blind spots so that they can detect objects out to a distance of over two football fields in all directions. The top speed of the first vehicles has also been capped at 25 mph. On the inside, things are basic as well, with two seats and seatbelts, a space for belongings, buttons to start and stop the vehicle and a screen that shows the route.
Google announced that it plans to build roughly 100 prototype vehicles and later this summer, it will allow its safety drivers to start testing early versions of the vehicles with manual controls. The plan is to run a small pilot program in California in the next couple of years.
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