Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
7,877 Reviews & Articles | 58,658 News Posts

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.




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.


Related Tags

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!