Google Reveals 'Fully Functional' Self-Driving Car

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Google has unwrapped the first real build of its self-driving vehicle prototype, just in time for the holidays.

While it may resemble the first self-driving car the tech giant showed off earlier this year, the company is calling this one its first “fully functional vehicle,” sporting headlights and other essential features like steering and braking. Of course, the self-driving car is also packed full of sensors and computers for autonomous driving and the company will be spending the next few weeks putting it to the test.

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The prototype looks more refined than Google’s first iteration, though it still sports the same overall design and style. The company hopes to hit the streets of Northern California in the new year but will still have temporary manual controls in case a driver needs to take over.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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