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Friday, 26 December 2014

Car News: Google Reveals Fully Functional Autonomous Car Prototype

Google caught the attention of the automotive and
tech worlds earlier this year for its demonstration of a
pod-like self-driving car without a steering wheel or
pedals. The company is now showing a new
prototype of this autonomous vehicle that’s more
complete than the earlier mock-up, and intends to
begin testing this fully functional prototype on public
roads in the near future.
The previous Google autonomous pod shown in May
was an early demonstrator, and lacked things like real
headlights and a fully functional drivetrain. This new
prototype looks similar to that earlier car, with a
small, round body shape and sparse, two-seat
interior that has only a screen for showing the car’s
route, a start button, and an emergency stop button.
The new prototype does have a few changes, like new
headlights, new wheels and tires, and a more
integrated device on the roof that houses various
sensors and cameras.
Google has still not revealed the Detroit-based
company it contracted to build this self-driving car,
but earlier rumors suggested this mystery supplier
could be Roush, the company known for its Mustang
upgrades. We expect to learn more about the Google
autonomous pod next year, as the company said it
intends to begin testing the car on public roads in
California in 2015. Google’s so-called “safety drivers”
will still be at the helm of temporary manual controls
during the testing process while the company further
develops its autonomous driving systems.
Stay tuned for more news about the Google
autonomous car as we hear more about this vehicle’s
development and possible path to production.
Very good technology but I think Google needs to
"google" a car and get some designing inspiration.
Just saying, what have you to say?
Source: Google

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