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Google now testing its next-generation self-driving cars on the road

Google unleashes its next-generation self-driving cars on the world
By: Michael Hatamoto | Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Jun 25, 2015 10:23 pm

Google is now testing its next-generation self-driving vehicle around Mountain View, California, as the prototypes take to the open road. The vehicles are able to travel to a preprogrammed destination, and follow the flow of traffic and roadways to ensure they arrive in a safe manner.

 

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The final version of the vehicle should ultimately operate without the need for a steering wheel or pedals, but the current prototype features a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal - allowing a human driver to take over in emergencies.

 

"The prototypes' speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and they'll drive using the same software that our existing Lexus models use - the same fleet that has self-driven over 1 million miles since we started the project," Google said in a blog post.

 

Google also welcomes feedback from residents in the area, and recommends those interested in learning more to visit this website.

NEWS SOURCES:Plus.google.com

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