Driving you around with a smile – Google’s new driverless car.By Sj.Cliff
Last night, Google announced it will start building its self-drive car and wants it on the roads as soon as next year.
The car is unique to Google (i.e not a Ford missing a steering wheel) and features a rather adorable “face”.
Before you ask, the cuteness was defiantly intentional – to make the vehicle less intimidating and safely ease us into the future.
This summer will see around 100 prototypes being built and tested. Here’s a video of one of their prototypes driving around.
Designed to work completely without human intervention, the cars centre console will feature an on/off button and a digital map of your route…powered by Google Maps of course. The maps also play a key role in the driverless car, being specifically built for the program that manoeuvres it.
While the cars are going to start out basic, it’s won’t stay that way for long. Engineers want to adapt them to users’ needs as quickly as possible.