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 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.