Talk of self-drive cars and Google's name will pop up in one's mind immediately. The project has been going on for so long time that self-driven cars and Google has become synonymous with each other. While the tech giant has already released a series of prototypes, they are ready with the "fully functional" car now and will run in the streets of California from next month. Google says that this car is "our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.”
Googled first revealed the production avatar in May and the car looked like a an egg with a face of Koala. The latest and the final version doesn’t look too different from the first revealed version. The only visible differences are the addition of real headlights and the design of the LIDAR vision system. The self-driving car doesn't have a steering wheel or pedals and is fully autonomous.
Google is not the only one working on autonomous car design and many conventional automakers like Audi, Mercedes and General Motors are working on this front too. But, in contrast to the gradual approach by these automakers, Google is going for what it calls a "moonshot". The ambition of Google is so high that it intends to remove manual driving completely from the scene.
Google is planning to hit the roads after the New Year and are already testing the car on race tracks. Operators for now, have a temporary manual control to control things if something goes wrong. Although Google won't produce the car itself and will take the help of auto giants, project director Chris Urmson told the Wall street journal recently.
The only issue that car makers are facing is the idea Google is presenting, an idea that can virtually remove all the conventional cars driven manually.