Production version of Google’s autonomous car revealed – IAB Report

Posted on: Dec 24, 2014 - 7:28pm IST

Will start testing on Californian roads in the beginning of the new year.

Internet giant Google has revealed the production version of the self-driving vehicle that claims to be the “first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving”.

The production version will come with a steering wheel and pedals
The production version will come with a steering wheel and pedals

In May this year, Google had revealed a new concept of their autonomous vehicle project that had no steering wheel or pedals. The production version revealed is nearly identical to the concept, aside from the addition of headlights, turn signals, larger wing mirrors and new wheels.

Unlike the concept, the production model will come with a steering wheel and pedals should users not feel confident about their car driving itself.

Google will start testing the prototype in Californian roads in the beginning of the new year. For now, test drivers will still operate the prototypes till a time comes when the car is perfect for autonomous mobility.

Google self-driven car front press image
In May, Google had revealed a concept that had no steering wheel or pedals.

Back in 2012, Google co-founder Sergey Brin stated that Google’s self driving car will be available for sale in 2017. Only time will tell whether the search giant will stick to its co-founder’s word.

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