Google has been testing self-driving cars for some time now on their test tracks and are now ready to take the next step and test their prototype vehicles on the roads around Mountain View, California. While the vehicles are indeed self-driving, the road tests will be conducted with Google safety drivers on board – ready to take over if need be.
The new prototypes will be using software that has logged nearly a million autonomous miles since the start of the project, and have been averaging nearly 10,000 miles per week. Add it all up, and the software has roughly 75 years of typical American driving experience – without all the bad habits. The cars will be limited to a top speed of 25mph, and will feature a removable steering wheel as well as accelerator and brake pedals should the safety driver need to take over. Some of the main goals of these road tests are to see how the community interacts with the vehicles and uncover specific challenges such as where should the vehicle stop should it encounter construction or congestion preventing it from stopping at its exact destination.
Whether you’re ready or not, it looks like self-driving cars may be coming sooner rather than later to a road near you. What do you think about the concept? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.
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