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Google shows off first 'complete prototype' for its self-driving car project

Google has been working on its self-driving car project for some time but today the company revealed the first image of what it calls its "first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving."

Google had revealed very early model for its car project in May but that vehicle was apparently more of a mockup, with the company stating today that it didn't even have real headlights. In a post on its Google+ page, it stated:

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 plans to test this new prototype on its test track during the holiday season and hopes to put it on real streets sometime in 2015. However, when and if that happens, Google says the car will still have real human drivers inside "using temporary manual controls as needed while we continue to test and learn."

Source: Google

28 Comments
  • How awesome would it be for commuters to be able to snooze on the way to work or maybe sit and play with the kids while on a family trip? We're a looong way from that. But cool to see the tiny steps headed that way.
  • They stood on the shoulders of geniuses to make something as quickly as possible, and now they're selling it, selling it.
    They are so preocccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should. Intro Jurassic Park music! Posted via my "Material Design Modded" Rooted Sprint LG G2. (Rooted Sprint GS3 FreedomPop[MVNO]
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  • Awesome reference N/A but awesome none the less. I know what I'm watching tonight
  • "hey ladies'
  • Google has a test track? Posted via the AC App on my LG G3
  • its usually called a sidewalk but when you make a car, you have to have a test track.
  • There are no bloody sidewalks in the South Bay.
  • Every time I see these types of articles, I can't help but think of this clip from HBO's Silicon Valley:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UBdrMTxsvs
  • What does this have to do with Android?
    Has this site changed its name to Google Fanbois?
  • Statistically, most people who use Android also use many Google products and would obviously be interested in the things that Google is working on. Naturally an Android site would want to fill those interests of the majority of its users. Just because you don't care doesn't mean others don't. Posted via Android Central App
  • It is exactly this type of attitude that totally ruined iMore. (Tipb, the Iphone blog). The utter cargo cult mentality and hero worship became so sick over there that if Steve Jobs took a dump it was glowingly reported as the best thing ever. Android is about dozens of manufacturers and Google's Andorid division is certainly one of those, but stories showing up about totally unrelated aspects of Google's business plans that don't involve android news or products are just out of place.
  • Probably runs Android Auto?
  • Hope there is a backup when all hell breaks loose thanks to:
    "Unfortunately the process com.google.selfdrive has stopped!"
  • I can see it now, owning a car from Google, and getting hammered with non-stop ads as it drives me around town.
  • Hopefully it will get rooted and then we can install AdAway!! :P
  • We already have that. Its called - radio and billboard advertising.
  • What happens when it hits something? Is it your fault or Google's? This could be a lawyers Dream car.
  • For now, Google is assuming responsibility for accidents it's vehicles cause, but in the future laws will have to be established before widespread use of autonomous vehicles. Posted via Android Central App
  • Google is behind. There is already a self driving car out there, but only one driver allowed to. This car has been around for centuries - http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/jQ/kitt-315-b...
  • Centuries?!
  • Yes, KITT was a Mayan, trapped in an iceberg and brought back to life in 1702. He was then visited by friends from Unicron and the sorcerer Pontiac trapped him in an autonomous state ever since. Legend goes to tell us that a young white Knight will one day take the reigns and bring back balance to our universe.
  • That... that sounds like a series reboot they might actually come up with.
  • Perhaps they should've hired Hyundai to design the car... That's one ugly bug. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's a test prototype... not a consumer car.
  • "Real human drivers inside" as opposed to pretend human drivers?
  • But why? Why is this so great? And if there is a benefit that you perceive for yourself, what benefit do you possibly perceive for Google? I don't understand the love for this. Or the need. Posted from the redheaded stepchild of the Nexii
  • 1. Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Human drivers are prone to sleepiness, anger (or other emotions), alcohol / drug abuse, a myriad of other distractions, etc. While an automated system certainly could fail under certain circumstances, I'd wager the odds are a lot slimmer that they'll cause fatal accidents.
    2. Automated driving systems can react much more quickly to sudden changes, and can maintain much more consistent driving in terms of turns, braking, etc. This would reduce unnecessary traffic due to human error and auto accidents, and improve gas efficiency.
    3. Parking is still an issue in big cities. But imagine if your car didn't have to be parked at your workplace - it could be waiting at home, and set to come pick you up at the end of the day. Obviously it's going to be a long time before these systems get there, but when they do, I'm sure they will improve driving conditions for everyone.
  • Sleeper!