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Google has just announced the completion of the self-driving car prototype. The Google self-driving car is Google’s first attempt at creating a very smart vehicle that drives itself. Google said that their smart car is not just a normal car that has been “tweaked” in order to be able to drive by itself, but a fully-functional car that was built from the ground up with the purpose of being able to drive itself.
The new pictures of the Google self-driving car were compared with the old pictures that Google released a few months ago. The differences are very noticeable: the new prototype ha real headlights, unlike the car in the first pictures released by Google back in May. The old car did not have a steering wheel, mirrors, pedals or other car components a care needs to be driven.
In the last seven months, Google has created several prototype cars, each being designed for testing different systems required for a self-driving car. This included normal car systems like steering wheel and brakes, plus self-driving systems like special sensors and computerized parts.
Google recently said that they have put together all the systems together in the new prototype that is a fully functional car. Google added that this one is the first completed self-driving vehicle.
Back in August, Google agreed to include a normal steering wheel and a pedal system when their people were testing the autonomous cars. They had to agree to it because the California DMV rules required. In the announcement made today Google said that their safety drivers will continue to test the prototype car for a few more months and while doing it, they will use temporary manual controls, while continuing to test the car and learn how to best manage it.
The team of experts that are testing the Google self-driving car said that being able to test it and to “play” with the car is the best Christmas present they could have hoped for.
Google said it will spend the winter holidays testing the new car and hopes to make it available on the streets of California somewhere in 2015.
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