Google’s Driverless Cars Are Ready to Hit Public Roads
Google first showed interest in self-driving cars back in 2013 and since then have been formulating plans to achieve this feat. Next year in 2014, Google first released a video of a real driverless model with no physical steering or brakes, using GPS as its chief weapon for location.
Now, Google’s driverless models are ready to hit the road. Set as a test, a few of these prototypes will drive around Mountain View, California. Each prototype’s speed is capped at a neighbourhood friendly 25mph. Since last week, Google Cars were involved in 11 accidents during test drive; Safety Drivers will be accompanying the cars along with removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal that will allow them to take over the car during an emergency. The new cars will be installed with the same software that the Lexus RX450h SUV uses. The test cars will all feature the temporary manual controls.
We can imagine just how this car will become an important part of our society. Google also sees an immediate future where these cars are presented in a taxi or courier service. You can check out the car in the video below: