US: Google debuts working prototypes of its autonomous car image

In what should be called a second debut for the self-driving car developed by Google, the technology giant has taken the Christmas a few days earlier and rolled out working prototypes of their car.

They even let people test drive them… err, it’s better said test ride in this case, because as opposed to the traditional automakers’ Google’s approach has opted out of the traditional wheel and pedals. Back in May, the guys at Google showed off non-functional versions of the cars, but since then the teams have been busy and they came up with a video called “A First Drive” that features the people who got a chance to experience the prototypes. “We’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car,” said the company in a statement. Now they assembled all the systems into one “fully functional vehicle – our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.”

Chris Urmson, director, Google Self-Driving Cars, commented and said that gearing up to have people inside the vehicles represents a tremendous progress for them in such a short time. From now on, the cars would be continuously taken on the test track, as well as moving on to the streets of Northern California.