Is this the future of driving?
Whether we like it or not, self-driving cars are coming. Soon. Perhaps sooner than we may think. Research and development by Google has been going on for some time, but now the technology giant has revealed its latest project: its own self-driving car prototype. In the past, Google used the Toyota Prius and Audi TT as the test bed for this technology. Its latest prototype is just a two-seater and has a top speed of only 25 mph.
There is no steering wheel, gas or brake pedals, just a display screen showing the planned route and buttons to start and stop. The interior is limited to two seats with seatbelts and a space for passenger's belongings.
Google says it plans to build about a hundred prototype vehicles. Later this summer professional drivers will test these cars with manual controls to make sure safety is top notch. So is this the future of driving? If Google has its way, then yes. Then again, not all technologies are perfect.