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Google Reveals New Self-Driving Car Model Without Wheel, Accelerator, or Brake Pedal

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Google’s self-driving cars may have racked up over 700,000 miles without causing an accident, but the broader project still faces technical and legislative hurdles; the cars struggle to drive in rain and have never been tried in snow, for instance, and the testing of autonomous vehicles is only legal in three states.

That’s not stopping the search giant from taking meaningful – albeit small – steps towards a market debut, though. Yesterday, Google revealed a version of the the company’s self-driving car with nothing but a start button, stop button, and LCD screen. There is no wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal. It’s the purest embodiment of Google’s driverless vision yet.

The car, which is electric and seats two, can be summoned with a smartphone. It has a range of about 100 miles and is limited to a speed of 25 mph – indications of its intended use for taxiing folks around town. On the engineering front, the car has an upgraded sensor mount more accurate than the arrays found on Google’s self-driving Lexus and Toyota vehicles, and has a body designed to minimize damage from a crash.

Google says it will begin testing the cars next year. The company’s ultimate goal is to start a small pilot program in a couple of years. That, of course, will hinge on how well the self-driving car team is able to perfect the vehicles’ software and hardware, and whether or not regulatory questions are resolved before then. Still, Google’s progress is encouraging.

Via: Google
  • Taglogical

    NO THANK YOU! :D

  • Damon C. Walden

    While I do think these are neat, I don’t know that I’d give up my guzzling, ozone depleting big block for one. This looks horrible,cars used to have style and comfort. Even brand new standard vehicles are no where near as comfortable to ride in or drive for long distances as my 68.

    Oh, and I get to tell it where to go.

    • blahblahblah

      What makes you think the cars you’re seeing now, are what they will look like? Essentially you could take any car body and place it over the actual working parts of this car.

  • coolsilver

    Watch this will be marketed to metro area transport areas much like Car2Go

  • DaveIsAwesome

    The police will lose thousands of dollars every month from no longer being able to write me any speeding tickets.

  • Joe

    I see a wheel. :)

  • Anon

    Birth control on wheels.

  • rutgersjaffo

    No way in hell am I EVER getting in one of these things. Not. Going. To. Happen.

  • Sam Connell

    The fact that so many of the passengers were, maybe not elderly, but older, as well as them having positive reactions, is a big statement. Young folks love new tech, old folks are harder to sway.

  • Jared Denman

    What happens when GPS takes you to the wrong destination? Lol

  • Pablo

    In Google development another mini-car!)) http://moevideo.net/video/16512.15f348f6a0696c5030cf98bb3a89

  • Jeff C

    I love ya Google…but no thanks. I love driving my old 5 speed diesel VW that goes 600+ miles on a tank, up any hill and through any rain/snow…in exactly the direction I tell it to go. I will never give up the freedom of driving, at least until my kids take the keys away because I’m old and decrepit.

    • NahSon

      Driving is one of the joys of life to me, and I am not giving that up

  • Davros

    I think they should make Johnycabs like in Total Recall.

  • droidrazredge

    I’m now regretting not taking the job position my friend referred me for to test and evaluate these ;/. It seems like it would have been really cool.

    • blahblahblah

      Yeah because that actually happened…….

      /s

  • Chris King

    A self driving rv would be the best.

    • geedee82

      Just put on cruise control!

      • panicswhenubered

        Just like in Anchorman 2.

  • Shane Redman

    I’LL BETA TEST IT!

  • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

    So want one. Can’t wait to just sit back and go… or all sleep on long drives, etc. Keep in mind people, this is just basic proof of concept. Like a “Hello World” program.

    • Davros

      Lol, programming 101.

  • hfoster52

    Looks like a mouse with a scroll wheel.

  • RC360

    Can these things go uphill? hahahahah

  • mustbepbs

    Can’t wait to see how many accidents these things are in compared to their old models.

    • Samvelavich

      im no engineer, but i think that the fact that it is smaller than the other ones and means that it would have less of a chance to get into an accident.

      • bogy25

        ???

    • Defenestratus

      IIRC the only “wrecks” that the self driving cars got into were deemed to be the fault of the human-operated cars they collided with…

      • rawr

        Of course a huge corporation would beat down the cop filing the report, or the insurance company investigating the accident… What happens when 2 self driving cars collide? Is Google willing to pay out like Toyota and GM have to? This is nothing more than a pet project that is wasting money that should be going into Google Fiber.

  • Mordecaidrake

    While extremely helpful, I feel like it should at least have a brake for emergencies or ‘just in case’ events.

    • Tony Byatt

      Prototype…

    • http://www.vgchartz.com SuperChunk

      I’m sure final versions will have manual shut down/breaking mechanism. This is just first prototype step. There will be many iterations to come.

  • Lay Z Dumbroski

    The more we can rely on artificial intelligence and the government for basic functions, the better. Surviving is hard.

  • James

    I can’t wait for this to happen. In addition to convenience, the safety, economic, and environmental benefits could be huge.

  • Self_Driving_Train_Choo_Choo

    looks funny.

    crash test?

    if somebody/something damages those camera and/or sensors (probably one of the most expensive parts), does the car become unusable?

  • Cesar

    Dat face tho

  • LiterofCola

    DD’s for everybody!

  • Droid Ronin

    Has anyone watched the HBO series Silicon Valley? This reminds me of that one episode where Jared walks into a self driving car and the car puts him into a loading dock…lol

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      haha this. i was gonna say the same thang.

    • RC360

      Totally tweeted out the same thing yesterday.

    • Sam Connell

      Sailing…takes me away…AAAUUUGGGHHHH

    • michael arazan

      It was hilarious and they guy got redirected to a shipping container to a billionaire’s retreat in the middle of the pacific ocean, like he couldn’t of just got out at any time. That show is hilarious and really shows how companies try to copy each other and backward engineer their products.

      The people that do the continuity for the show are awesome. There are islands that are being completely constructed for the 1% billionaires and it will be just outside of the international waters so they can keep their money tax free. In NewYork there is a Billionaire tower being built that cost 90 million a piece so all the wealthiest people can live among themselves too.

  • Samvelavich

    Imagine you’re in vegas, shitfaced, and you wanna just go home. Call this bad boy up and sleep in it until you’re home. Its like when you were a child and you would teleport from your couch to your bed!

    • JohanV

      But… you’re still a child.

      • Samvelavich

        wow. very joke. so impress.

        • bogy25

          ??

          • Kevin

            he’s referring to doge.

          • regkilla

            wow

        • cizzlen

          #rekt

    • ButThenYouWokeUp

      Imagine you’re in any American city, Americanfaced, and you wanna just go home. Call this bad boy up and sleep in it until you wake up to your flesh burning. Chinese hackers have infiltrated the Google car network and caused them to drive into oncoming traffic. It would never happen you remember the dealer of Google Auto saying, it isn’t like companies have problems with securing simple things like password databases and credit card scanners.

      Meanwhile many who love driving are sliding around in BRZs, not on fire.

      • akhnaten

        How is your vision different than now?

    • lgreg64

      only problem people will get sink in it piss themselves this thing will smell like a bathroom

  • Earnie

    iRobot