30 Dec '14, 3pm

Google's Self-Driving Car Prototype Ready to Hit the Road

Google's Self-Driving Car Prototype Ready to Hit the Road

Google unwrapped an early Christmas present in the form of the first “fully functional” version of its compact self-driving car last Monday. The company plans to begin testing its two-seater, all-electric vehicle on public roads in Northern California starting in 2015. Google is the first big company to unveil a self-driving car prototype built from scratch rather than something based on an existing car model, according to the San Jose Mercury News . It’s also one of seven companies to have won approval from California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to begin testing driverless cars on public roads since September. (It got its cars licensed in Nevada in 2012.) But Google still needs additional approval from state officials before it can legally test such cars on public roads without a human driver. According to an official Google blog post : The vehicle we unveiled in May w...

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