Google’s Adorable Self-Driving Cars Are Now On Public Roads
If you live in Mountain View, California, Google just wants you to know that their adorable self-driving cars are now on public roads. The speed is capped at 25mph, so be on the lookout.
One of the main criticism for these cars is that they might be too safe. These low speeds don’t particularly work in the real world at the moment. I think these cars are cute though.
Notice anything new on the streets of Mountain View, California? Our latest prototype vehicles are ready for the road and a few of them are now cruising around town!
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. The prototypes’ speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and they’ll drive using the same software that our existing Lexus vehicles use—the same fleet that has self-driven over 1 million miles since we started the project.
As we start to cruise around the neighborhood, we really want to hear what our neighbors think. To learn more about our project or to leave feedback on how we’re driving, please visit our website: www.google.com/selfdrivingcar.
See you on the road!