Google, the American Internet company whose search engine many of us use every day, announced that its self-driving cars will soon be out and about in California, USA. These cars are still being tested.
Google has been working on self-driving cars for some time now. The Google team attached radars and cameras to several vehicles (such as Toyota Prius cars and Lexus RX450h SUVs), and these have been roaming around in California for a while. Google incorporated this technology and has now built its own car.
The car doesn’t have brakes, pedals, or even a steering wheel. It just has 2 seats. You get in, tell the car your destination, and off you go. The car has a small tower-like structure on the top that keeps revolving with a radar, added cameras, sensors, and fancy technology. The radar and other equipment in the car figure out what’s in front of the car, what’s behind, and what’s on the sides. The car uses detailed maps and can “see” better than a human being. However, the car isn’t very speedy. The fastest it can go is 25 mph (40 kph). When these cars hit the streets, they’ll have a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that will allow a passenger to take over as a driver if needed.
You can watch a video about the new car here.
Image Credits: Google.com for Google’s car image