Please watch out for this little car on the streets in your area. I'd love to know if you actually see one! I've told you about it before, but now this unusual car could be rolling down a road near you. In fact we'll probably be seeing a lot more cars like it very soon.
I'm talking about Google's self-driving cars! I'm hearing word that the little robot vehicles are just about ready to hit the road. This summer the protype for the self-driving cars will tested in public, in and around Mountain View, California, according to a blog post from project director Chris Urmson.
But are robot cars safe? So far, Google self-driving cars have been in 11 reported accidents in just six years and 1.7 million miles, though Google insists their cars were not at fault. So if you live in this area, don't panic just yet. Google says the test drives will be highly-controlled:
Each prototype’s speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and during this next phase of our project we’ll have safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed.
What do you think? Are you excited for self-driving cars? I know Urmson is.
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—e.g., where it should stop if it can’t stop at its exact destination due to construction or congestion.
Watch the video below to see the Google self-driving cars in action: