Google tests its self-driving car at company headquarters

03:11 PM | 26 Jun, 2015
Google tests its self-driving car at company headquarters
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA (Web Desk) - The latest models of Google’s self-driving cars are now cruising the streets near the Internet company’s Silicon Valley headquarters in California.

In this May 13, 2015 photo, Jessie Lorenz, of San Francisco, touches the new Google self-driving prototype car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The car, which needs no gas pedal or steering wheel, will make its debut on public roads this summer. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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The project aims to transform the way people get around shifts into its next phase, reported The Hindu.

This marks the first time that the pod-like, two-seat vehicles have been allowed on public roads since Google unveiled the next generation of its self-driving fleet more than a year ago.

FILE - This May 13, 2014 file photo shows a row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Of the nearly 50 self-driving cars rolling around California roads and highways, four have gotten into accidents since September, 2014. That’s when the state officially began permitting these cars of the future, which use sensors and computing power to maneuver around traffic. Three accidents involved souped-up Lexus SUVs run by Google Inc. The fourth was an Audi retrofitted by the parts supplier Delphi Automotive. Google and Delphi said the accidents were minor and their cars were not at fault.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Google announced last month that it would begin testing the curious-looking cars last month, but hadn’t specified the timing. The vehicles are driving up to 25 miles per hour on the roads around its office.

A human will also ride in the cars on public roads to take control in emergencies, just as has been the case with the self-driving Lexus vehicles during the past six years.