Google’s Next Robot Car Will Not Have A Steering Wheel

Google’s Next Robot Car Will Not Have A Steering Wheel

With California’s recent decision to issue driverless car licenses, Google is making even more strides in the self-driving vehicle department. The search engine just announced they’ll be producing 100 new ultra-compact vehicles that should arrive early next year. These fully-electric cars (prototype shown above) will be much different than their predecessors because they will not contain the traditional human operator controls. There will be no accelerator, brake pedal, or steering wheel. The car will operate completely autonomously, with nothing but simple stop and go buttons.

Before you start thinking they’ve lost their mind, I should probably mention that the top speed on these tiny vehicles will be around 25 miles per hour. They’re not intended for long trips, but more for getting you from one end of the campus to the other, or quickly maneuvering through a crowded downtown area. Being that there are no human operator controls, these cars may never see the public roads. The California DMV requires these things for any vehicle to be street legal. However, these cars could be useful at corporate campuses, airports, shopping malls, and other large facilities.

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