Google’s Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Public Roads This Summer

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Google's self-driving cars are hitting public roads this summer. The cars are set to be tested on public roads in California - within the next few months.

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Public Roads This Summer

The self-driving cars have already undergone rigorous testing at its facilities, Google said.

The firm has been "ensuring our software and sensors work as they're supposed to on this new vehicle" at a test track near Google's headquarters at Mountain View, in California.

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Now we're announcing the next step for our project," wrote Chris Urmson, the director of the Google self-driving car project in a blog post. "This summer, a few of the prototype vehicles we've created will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, Calif., with our safety drivers aboard."

According to the software giant, the cars will come with their own dedicated safety drivers, as well as a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal, which will allow them to take control of the vehicle if necessary.

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Will Hit Public Roads This Summer

The new prototypes will drive with the same software that our existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs uses," continued Urmson. "That fleet has logged nearly a million autonomous miles on the roads since we started the project, and recently has been self-driving about 10,000 miles a week.

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"So the new prototypes already have lots of experience to draw on-in fact, it's the equivalent of about 75 years of typical American adult driving experience."

Just last week, Google said that those self-driving cars had been in 11 minor crashes since they started public testing.

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