Till now Google s self-driving cars have been retrofitted Toyota Priuses and Lexus SUVs. But on Tuesday, Google unveiled its first prototype of a self-driving car built from scratch. Also Read - Google Pixel Watch renders reveal key design details: Know detailsAlso Read - Big threat for Google, Twitter, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn users
The self-driving car is essentially a two-seater that looks quite similar to a Tata Nano and has no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal. On the inside, the car doesn t offer much in terms of luxury and all you will find are two seats with seatbelts, a bit of space for the passenger s belongings, a start-stop button and a screen that shows the route to one s destination. The car is driven by an onboard computer and has a top-speed of 25mph. Also Read - How to clear cookies, cache on Android in simple steps
The blog post mentions that Google plans on building around a hundred prototypes later this summer for testing and a pilot program is likely to kick off in California in the next couple of years.
The Google self-driving car project was started initially in 2009 under Sebastian Thrun, CEO and cofounder of Udacity. Since then the car has evolved a lot with features like pedestrian and cyclist detection and sign reading among others. Recently these cars were allowed for use on public roads in California, and Google demonstrated the car s abilities.