Brin expects that Google will be testing its new self-driving car before the end of the year. Google has unveiled a self-driving car with a top speed of 25 miles per hour that is without pedals or a steering wheel. Google is planning to build about a hundred prototype vehicles, and later this summer, their safety drivers will start testing early versions of these vehicles that have manual controls. If all goes well, Google would like to run a small pilot program here in California in the next couple of years. Google is going to learn a lot from this experience, and if the technology develops as Google hopes, Google will work with partners to bring this technology into the world safely.
The car is built with standard car parts from auto manufacturing firms, and Google wants to make 100 to 200 prototypes.
There’s also a huge tax on the community by having all these individually owned and operated cars. Cars aren’t used 96 percent of the time, and there’s three times as many parking spaces as cars. During peak driving, 30 percent of driving in a city is people looking for parking. That goes away if you have cars that drive themselves and drop you off and go find another passenger.
It is an electric self driving car.
In 2013, Uber was said to be worth approximately $3.5 billion as of mid-August following investments of $88 million made by private equity giant TPG and another $250 million from Google Ventures.
Google started with a blank sheet of paper and asked, “What should be different about this kind of vehicle?” They started with the most important thing: safety. They have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections. And we’ve capped the speed of these first vehicles at 25 mph. On the inside, they’ve designed for learning, not luxury, so they’re light on creature comforts, but they’ll have two seats (with seatbelts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route—and that’s about it.
Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of the Google project, because Google thinks this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can't drive.
Google is now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they'll take you where you want to go! We'll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world
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