It has been in the news and on the roads for a time now, but the word is out that Google’s Self-Driving car is now fully functional. What that means is that the autonomous ride is now completely prepared to begin tentative road testing in final form.
To make the situation more clear, Google stated: “We’ve been working on different prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical car parts like steering and braking, as well as the self-driving parts like the computer and sensors. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.”
One of Google’s self-driving car prototypes grabbed headlines because it completely lacked headlamps, brakes or accelerating pedals and a steering wheel. Now those items are all in their respective slots and the outside integrity was not compromised. The aesthetics remain that whimsical little bubble, almost like a Beetle zapped with a shrink ray with a happy bubble gum coating.
So far in the autonomous driving game, safety has been the main concern to all. Google addressed the issue as follows: “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.” That means that the Google autonomous cars will not exactly have free reign of the roads just yet.
Overall, the company does possess proper permits to test its wares on public roads, and the time is near!
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