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Google Has Self-Driving Prototype ReadyGoogle Has Self-Driving Prototype Ready

Google unveiled its first complete prototype car for fully autonomous driving, shortly after reports suggest it's building a version of Android specifically for cars.

Dan Jones

December 22, 2014

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Google Has Self-Driving Prototype Ready

Google Monday afternoon unveiled its first complete prototype car for fully autonomous driving.

The Google Self-Driving Car Project posted this about the new prototype on Google+:

  • The vehicle we unveiled in May was an early mockup -- it didn't even have real headlights! Since then, we've been working on different prototypes-of-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.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) says that it will test the prototype further at its track over the holidays. The search giant is hoping to get it out on the roads of Northern California next year. It still plans to have test drivers in the vehicle as it drives around.

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Here's some footage from Google of an older version of the car navigating city streets:

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