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.
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.