Google has finally built its self driving cars. Well, its experimental Google X division had been working on it for a while. Actually, it has produced the prototype for a new version which doesn’t look at all like the retrofitted version.
“We took a look from the ground up of what a self-driving car would look like,”
said Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the CODE Conference in California when he showed a demo video.
So, now that Google has finally built a car from the scratch, you might be wondering what it looks like. Let me give you some clues: just remove all the things which you use to drive the thing, like the pedals and the steering wheels. Basically, it looks like a cute gondola on wheels.
The two-seater prototype vehicle is actually Google’s imagination of how the modern automobile to transport passengers should feel and look like when the driver is taken out. So far, it is said that the car hasn’t had any crashes and the company has been testing it in pretty safe conditions.
“What I’m excited about is how we could change transportation today,”
said Sergey. If you look at people who are too old, too young, or disabled, and can’t get around, that’s a big challenge for them.”
Also he added,
“The project is about changing the world for people who are not well-served by transportation today. There’s not great public transportation in many public places in the United States.”
The reason that Google decided to develop this prototype was because they wanted it to do a better job than its retrofitted vehicles. Another reason was, it had better safety. The cars drive for 25 miles an hour and the company plans to build 100-200 prototypes.
Brin also said the Google will be testing the vehicles with safety drivers by the end of the year, but the company hopes that it will beat it safety level in 2014.