Google’s self-driving car is now fully functional

News | December 23rd, 2014 by 12
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Google today announced it has completed the first build of its self-driving vehicle prototype, a car built from the ground up. Back in May, Google …

Google today announced it has completed the first build of its self-driving vehicle prototype, a car built from the ground up.

Back in May, Google unveiled their first iteration of the prototype which did not include a steering wheel, pedals, mirrors, and other standard components of a “normal car.”

Over the course of seven months, the company has iterated on their design and concept while testing different self-driving systems. Now the car features steering and braking, as well as sensors and computers to aid with the self-driving functions.

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First prototype

“We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle — our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving,” Google said.

In August, the company agreed to include temporary steering wheel and pedal systems when testing autonomous cars, in response to new California DMV rules. “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,” says a Google press release.

Google says it plans to spend the holidays trying out the latest prototype around its test track.

The car is expected to arrive on the streets around San Francisco sometime in 2015.

BMW is also testing their own self-driving prototypes, like the ones unveiled last year at CES in Vegas. This year’s electronics show will give BMW the opportunity to showcase more features related to self-driving technologies.

12 responses to “Google’s self-driving car is now fully functional”

  1. CDspeed says:

    It’s not a car, it’s just a taxi without a human driver.

  2. Rokie888 says:

    …is that the future of driving?
    Please don’t. that thing has no soul.

  3. Henry says:

    I would really like to see BMW working with Google on this.

  4. Henry says:

    I would really like to see BMW working with Google on this.

  5. Henry says:

    One thing though… the fun of driving and the human nature of being in control means that BMW and car companies should not rule out developing fun to drive cars. I think there will be elements of self drive and maybe at times it is useful, such as during peak traffic conditions. But I think future cars should have the option for the owners to drive by themselves and the option for self drive.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Future mobility will be interesting for everyone. The traditional fleet of cars will look so different in 5-10 years from now: EVs, hybrids, self-driving cars, conventional-powered vehicles, electric scooters…etc…
      So self-driving cars will arrive, I don’t think they will become mainstream nor we will see them on all roads, but on certain streets, we will def make use of them.

  6. Henry says:

    One thing though… the fun of driving and the human nature of being in control means that BMW and car companies should not rule out developing fun to drive cars. I think there will be elements of self drive and maybe at times it is useful, such as during peak traffic conditions. But I think future cars should have the option for the owners to drive by themselves and the option for self drive.

  7. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    One day these stupid things will make anything else uninsurable.

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