Google’s holiday gift – new self-driving car

2014-12-23 10:06

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Los Angeles – Google unveiled its first “fully functional” self-driving car.

“Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” the company’s Google Plus social media site said yesterday.

Google announced in May it would develop its own self-driving vehicles, which would use an array of sensors and computers to navigate streets without a driver at the controls.

“Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car,” the company said yesterday.

Those specialised prototypes included models to test steering and braking, as well as computers and sensors.

“We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle – our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving,” Google said.

Test drivers will, however, continue to use manual controls “as needed” as they develop the vehicles, the company said.

Google teased real-world testing of the car in the near future: “We hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year.”

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