It’s here, at last, the moment we have all been waiting for: Google recently introduced its prototype of the original Google-spec self-driving car. The car has no pedals or steering wheel, instead, it packs GPS navigation, as well as go/stop button as the car’s only means of control.
This self-driving car’s main job includes shouldering the whole burden of driving, pitching this prototype’s entire concept as more of a taxi ride than anything else, according to Google. Google adds that passengers have the ability to take a little trip downtown during lunchtime without a twenty-minute buffer in order to locate a parking space. Even if seniors cannot keep their car keys, elderly individuals may keep their freedom. And drunk drivers and distracted drivers? Completely history!
Google reports the self-driving car contains sensors which will scan all around the car, and that they may recognize items around 200 yards away. Original top speeds will cap out at 25 miles per hour. Above and beyond the button previously mentioned, the remainder of the equipment listing reads as: two seatbelts, two seats, screen which display where you are going, and stowage for a tiny quantity of personal belongings or cargo.
As Google claims the car is completely autonomous, it’s still within the earlier development stages; the enterprise has plans to officially test around 100 of these prototypes this summer using human passengers which it Orwellianly deems ‘safety drivers.’ The vehicles are going to possess manual controls.
However, don’t hold your breath just yet; it might be some time before you have a driverless car of your own. The company is hoping to run a broader pilot program in California with several cars, even though it will not occur for a minimum of a couple of years. It is possible to check out the self-driving car in action, carefully chauffeuring individuals around in the video shown below, in the meantime.
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