Google's self-driving car has no steering wheel
MANILA, Philippines – No steering wheel or pedals – this is the touted promise of Google’s self-driving car prototypes.
With a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour (40 km/h), the Google-built prototype – announced by Google co-founder Sergey Brin at Recode.net's Code Conference – is built specifically to be self-driving, lacking the normal implements for human control.
Unlike older versions of Google's attempts at self-driving automobile technology, in which cars from Lexus and Toyota were retrofitted to become self-driving, this new prototype is designed by Google's team to drive itself using computers and on-board sensors.
On a Google blog post by Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car project, Urmson outllined what makes the project different, saying that the prototype has "sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections.”
Watch a video of Google's Self-Driving Car below:
Google plans on building around 100 prototypes, with safety drivers beginning testing early versions with manual controls. "If all goes well,” Urmson noted, "we’d like to run a small pilot program here in California in the next couple of years.”
"We’re going to learn a lot from this experience, and if the technology develops as we hope, we’ll work with partners to bring this technology into the world safely,” he added. – Rappler.com