Google has been building its own self-driving cars and testing them. According to Google’s official blog, the company has created prototypes that do not have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal. The reason for the removal of these parts is that Google expects the software and sensors to do all the work.
In its approach to the self-driving car, Google focused on designing a very basic vehicle that can get you from one destination to another at the push of a button. Safety was a focus for the company and that is obvious considering that there are sensors that remove blindspots and are capable of detecting objects in all directions up to a distance the size of two football fields.
The inside of the vehicle itself is spartan. There are two seats, a space for the passenger’s items, a screen that will show the route, and buttons to start and stop the car. For now, however, the car’s speed has been capped at a slow 25mph.
Google plans to build around 100 of the prototype vehicles and could start a small pilot program in California over the next couple of years. In the meantime, the company will have its safety drivers test the early versions later this summer.
Would you want to be chauffeured around in a self-driving car?