Search giant Google says it has finally completed its first functional self-driving car prototype. In May, Google unveiled a mock-up of it’s Self-Driving vehicle, which didn’t have pedals, mirrors and steering wheel.
Seven months later, the company’s hard work has paid off, ensuring this technology break-through becomes a reality. The fully functional Self-Driving Car announced by Google today, has been designed and tested with several systems of self-driving vehicle. Steering wheel, breaking system and sensors has been integrated into the fully functional prototype. “We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle — our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving,” said Google.
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The decision to integrate temporary steering and breaking system was reached in August, after observing the new California DMV rules. “Our safety drivers will continue to oversee the vehicle for a while longer, using temporary manual controls as needed while we continue to test and learn,” Google noted.
This is “the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined.” Google’s Self-Driving Car team said.
I couldn’t agree less, the team worked day and night and this is the manifestation of the process. Getting a functional prototype before Christmas is definitely rewarding. My hat goes off to the Google Self-Driving Car team.
However, the team would continue testing the retype around it’s test track this holiday. There are plans to put this vehicle on Northern California roads in 2015.