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Google's driverless car prototypes are now cruising the streets of Mountain View
Google’s self-driving car prototypes are now cruising themselves along the streets of Mountain View, California, just as the company promised. Although each one of the prototypes are designed to work without steering wheels and pedals, during this phase of the testing process Google has put safety drivers onboard each one with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal in case something goes awry.
The prototypes’ speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and they’ll drive using the same software that our existing Lexus vehicles use—the same fleet that has self-driven over 1 million miles since we started the project.
As the cars have now (almost) fully hit the road, Google has created a contact page urging folks in Mountain View to give feedback based on their experiences with the cars.
Google recently announced that it would begin to publicly report all accidents in which its self-driving cars were involved. As of the beginning of June, there have been a total of 10 accidents with the driverless vehicles, though the search giant claims that none were actually the car’s fault.