A Look at Google’s First Self-Driving Car Prototype

Although Google has been working on self-driving car project for quite a while, it unveiled the first prototype this Tuesday. This car is designed and developed to handover the driving responsibility from human to machine.

Reportedly, the self-driving car prototype from the tech-giant run on itself using strong sensor technology, coupled with software. As it does not require a driver to operate the car, it will not have an accelerator pedal, brake pedal or steering wheel. All it will be having is a push button to start and stop.

Google’s First Self-Driving Car Prototype

Even though the outer appearance of the prototype is a bit weird, this design will however help the basic objective of the vehicle. The prototype is powered with sensors that can detect objects from a distance of more than two football fields in all directions. Inside the self-driving car, it will have a seating capacity for two adults, plus some extra storage space.

Google has confirmed that it will build 100 such prototypes and will test a few initially with manual controls. However, it may take a couple of years or more to get it on the track. Once it delivers the desired results, Google along with its partners will bring this technology for the general public.

Rugal has spent most of his life in, around and under cars, from a childhood filled with Matchbox cars to bloodied knuckles as an ASE-certified mechanic and, since 2006, as an automotive journalist.