Google has unveiled its first complete prototype of a self driving car.
The car, which will be tested on public roads in the New Year, is not the first self driving prototype vehicle produced by Google.
However, this ‘first real build’ version is the most complete self driving car from the Google Self Driving Car Project, which was launched back in 2010
“We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year,” read a post on the project’s Google+ page.
Google’s new driverless car, which is reminiscent of the bubble cars that were popular in the 1960’s, is a compact two seater vehicle, that does not have a steering wheel or pedals for the brakes and accelerator and it can not travel more than 25mph.
It is however, more functional than the earlier prototype that was released in May 2014, which lacked headlights and other key features.
Here you can see passengers being driven around in the first prototype of Google’s self driving car:
According to Google, the self driving cars use software and sensors to keep track of objects more than two football pitches ahead from the current location of the car.
There is no word yet on if or when the car will be available for mass production.
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Source: Google Self Driving Car Project
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