Google pushes forward with its driverless car

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Google says:
"Just imagine: You can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can't keep their car keys. And drunk and distracted driving? History."

Google started its self-driving car project almost a half decade ago. And this week, the tech titan released a video of how far it had come along, showing willing participants driving around in a prototype (see video below.)

And the technology world erupted.

Google says it has capped its prototype at a speed of 25mph, no steering wheel, two seats (with seatbelts), start and stop buttons, and a screen to show the route. 

But will it just remain a prototype with a hundred or so being released to a handful of excited geeks - just like with Google Glass? And where the world's infrastructure, society and laws are pulled into question if this piece of kit was to go on sale?
The Jetsons

The Jetsons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


But right now, it's a bubble car. A very ugly, round, cartoon-looking vehicle. You can imagine it taking off from the ground and flying into space like something from an episode of The Jetsons. 

Google still has a long way to go to make it look sleek and sexy even if they plan to commercialise as a fleet of taxis rather than personal cars... it's about as far away from a black Mercedes as you can get.






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