Driverless self-driving cars from Google with no steering wheel or brakes

Google unveiled plans to build its own self-driving car that it hopes to begin testing in the coming months. “They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal … because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work,” Google’s Chris Urmson said in a blog post. Urmson said Google plans to build about 100 prototype vehicles, “and later this summer, our safety drivers will start testing early versions of these vehicles that have manual controls.” He added, “If all goes well, we’d like to run a small pilot program here in California in the next couple of years.” For Google, the car marks a shift away from adapting vehicles made by others in its quest to pioneer individual transport that needs only a stop-and-go function. “It was inspiring to start with a blank sheet of paper and ask, ‘What should be different about this kind of vehicle?’” the post said. The top speed of the battery-powered prototypes will be 40 km/h and are designed for utility, not luxury. “We’re light on creature comforts, but we’ll have two seats (with seat belts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen […]

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