And finally the Google has announced that they will start the real-time testing of their self-driving cars on the roads. According to Google, the autonomous driving prototypes have evolved to a stage that they could be tested in the real-life environment outside the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Google will start with a handful of cars in the coming summers.
For the past 10 years, Google has been trying hard to make the best car that would be technologically viable and safe. And for the prototypes to be tested, Google will limit the speeds only upto 40 kmph. Each of the self-driving car will come equipped with a removable steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedal, which Google initially decided not to use.
According to the technology giant, this has to be done as a backup, so that a "safety driver" can intervene if necessary. Google has already said in an official statement that so far only 11 accidents have been reported in which Google car was involved. Though, none of them were triggered or caused by the car itself. All were hit from behind incidences on traffic lights.
The software use in the autonomous driving fleet has already clocked more than 2.7 million kilometers and logged data equivalent to 75 years of typical American adult driving experience. The move to test the prototypes on the road has come before anyone predicted it, but Google is sure that this is the right time to put the car in the real life.