Google’s Self-Driving Car is Hitting Public Roads This Summer

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Google has officially announced that their self-driving vehicle prototypes will hit the roads in California this summer.

For added safety, the car's speed tops out at 25 mph and the vehicle will have a safety driver inside for added insurance. Unlike Google's ultimate vision for the vehicles, these cars will come with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration, 94 percent of accidents are caused by human error.

Google wants to use this car as an opportunity to cut down on human error and give people new opportunities who might otherwise not have the ability to drive a car.

This prototype has been through rigorous testing scenarios.

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The new prototypes will drive with the same software that our existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs uses. Since Google has started the project, the prototype has logged about 10,000 miles a week.

This gives the prototype lots of miles in its pocket. In fact, it's the equivalent of about 75 years of typical American adult driving experience.

Read more about Google's plans on their blog.