Google’s self-driving car takes to the road

Look ma, no hands

Google’s self-driving car takes to the road
Google's set to change the future of auto-design as we know it

Google has taken the notion of hands-free driving to a whole new level with the release of its latest self-driving car. The prototype has been five years in the making and is set to hit the public roads of Mountain View, California, this summer.

The automated car utilises maps, video cameras, radar sensors, and a laser range finder to make sense of traffic while it makes its way across the city. Citing safety as one of the key concerns of this project, Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car project said: "They have 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." With a maximum speed cap of 25 miles per hour, you won't find the vehicles hurtling fast and furious down the highways.

While earlier editions of the prototype were built without a single steering wheel in sight, the final prototype set to hit the road will accommodate a removable steering wheel along with an accelerator and brake pedal for humans to take over the driving if needed. 

Watch it in action here: 

Text: Denise Kok

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