The latest prototypes of Google’s self-driving cars have hit the roads. A picture of the first of the fleet driving around Mountain View was shared by Google’s Self-Driving Car Project team in a Google+ post.
The post said, “These prototype vehicles are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. They’re ultimately designed to work without a steering wheel or pedals, but during this phase of our project we’ll have safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed.”
But the test cruise did meet a hurdle along its way. According to a Reuters report, one of Google’s self-driving Lexus RX test cars cut off another self-driving test vehicle, this one from Delphi, a Tier-1 automotive supplier.
The Delphi car “took appropriate action,” preventing the cars from colliding.
With a cap of 25 miles per hour speed, Google’s prototype car is not yet ready for highways.
According to TechCrunch, the driverless cars will have safety drivers in the cockpit during the testing phase. These safety drivers will be equipped with removable steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals to take charge should an untoward situation arise.
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