Google’s Self-driving Cars sans brakes and steering
Google’s venture to build self-driving cars is advancing rapidly. The company has revealed more information about this infamous project. The latest highlight is that the cars have no gas pedal, steering wheel and brakes.
The company has several times demonstrated the driverless technology at various instances in the past. The vehicles used then were retrofitted from Toyota, Lexus and other brands using cameras and sensors.
For the first time in the history of the project, Google has built its own prototype. Google said on Tuesday that the cars wouldn’t require a steering wheel or brakes as no manual control would be required to drive the vehicle. The company is yet to christen the vehicle.
The previous models required human supervision for a wholesome natural driving experience whereas the new prototype wouldn’t require any manual controlling as the vehicle can detect objects and traffic up to 200 yards and take the necessary action like slowing down, speeding up, turning, etc on its own. The software and the sensors built-in would do it all without human help.
Currently the prototypes are set to a maximum speed of 25 mph as Google doesn’t want any crashes during the testing phase. The car also lacks luxuries seen in modern cars and all that is seen in the interiors are two seats with seatbelts, space to keep bags and other belongings and buttons to start and stop the car and a display showing the route it takes.
Google has also not explained how the navigation works and it is expected that the passengers would have to choose a destination and the car would take them there with the help of pre-loaded information to map the route.
The first batch of prototypes (about 100 vehicles) might be out this summer and the company is also planning for a pilot program in California but we might have to wait for a few years for that.