Google’s self-driving car prototypes will meet Californian roads this summer, an important step for firm’s promise of driverless cars in five years.
The Pod-like two-seater electric cars which need to be charged in every 125 kilometers won’t be able to go faster than 40 kph, as the prototypes don’t include airbags or comply to other US safety regulations. The pods will be available only in areas of which Google has detailed maps.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin says that Google’s ultimate goal is not becoming a car company but developing a technology that can eliminate the human errors which cause 90 percent of the 1.2 million road deaths around the world each year.
“We want to partner to bring self-driving to all the vehicles in the world,” Brin explains.
The internet firm will initially build 25 driverless prototypes at first and increase this number to 100 units, and expand the project to using testing areas that are hillier and rainier