Google to test self-driving prototypes on public roads from summer
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Each prototype's speed is capped at 25mph, and the cars are fitted with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal that allow the safety driver to take over driving if needed.
"We're looking forward to learning how the community perceives and interacts with the vehicles, and to uncovering challenges that are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle such as where it should stop if it can't stop at its exact destination due to construction or congestion," Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving car project wrote in a blog post.
"In the coming years, we'd like to run small pilot programs with our prototypes to learn what people would like to do with vehicles like this," Urmson added.