The largest search engine in the world has just introduced the prototype of its weirdly adorable-looking Google self-driving car on Monday!
Back in May, Google had already tested its first prototype of its driverless car which has no steering wheel, pedals and with non-functional headlights. Now, the latest prototype of the car is fully functional and is ready to hit the road!
“We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the New Year,” Google posted on Google+ social network.
The self-driving car is a project by Google was first announced in 2010 which aimed to develop technology for autonomous cars, mainly electric cars.
“They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work,” according to Google’s Chris Urmson in a blog posted in May.
Ever since the first prototype, Google has been going through and working on several different prototypes in order to test out the systems and designs of the car until they got the perfect one. Now, they are proud to present their “first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.”
“Our safety drivers will continue to oversee the vehicle for a while longer, using temporary manual controls as needed while we continue to test and learn,” Google posted on Google+.
Looks like the automobile industry got a new competition!
Though it is unsure when will the car hit the market, project director Chris Urmson told the Wall Street Journal that Google has no plans on producing the car itself once it goes into market.
(Photo source: plus.google.com)