First Image Of Google's Autonomous Car In Production Version
|   Friday, January 09, 2015
Google released the first image with the serial version of its autonomous car. The car will be able to drive itself and has received a number of improvements that homologates it for the road.

After dictating the trend of autonomous cars, and boasting with progress made by its prototypes, Google unveiled the car that will attempt to revolutionize the automobile world.

While it may seem strange, Google's car is now ready to get on the street in the hands of ordinary people.
The car will be responsible for a series of tests that will start in northern California, beginning this year.

"We're unwrapping the best holiday gift we could've imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype," said Google in a statement via its own social network G+.

The autonomous car has a number of changes that allows approval for the road: functional headlamps, larger side mirrors, higher wheels, a new sensor located on the roof, and steering wheel and pedals to allow driver intervention in various situations.

The first full prototype for autonomous driving paves the way for series production. However, Google argues in the press release that the drivers will continue to monitor the vehicle temporarily by using manual controls only when needed. This way the public will help the company test and learn about the behavior its autonomous car on the road.

A car is a highly complex collection of a lot of systems. Therefore, each of these systems must be tested and refined individually before it can work in concert with the rest.

"We've been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical ‘car' parts like steering and braking, as well as the ‘self-driving' parts like the computer and sensors."

To be tested on public roads and to comply with updated traffic laws from the United States, the new vehicle received typical auto parts such as steering wheel and brake pedal. Thus, the new vehicle differs from the previous version, which was controlled using buttons and had no steering wheel or brake pedal.

"The vehicle we unveiled in May didn't even have real headlights. Since then, we've been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car — for example, the typical 'car' parts like steering and braking, as well as the 'self-driving' parts like the computer and sensors."
The research team of the IT giant said that the vehicles would have a speed limit of 25 mph, when it first revealed its mockup car earlier last year. But for safety reasons, one of Google's lead software engineers said the cars were being programmed to exceed speed limits by up to 10 mph.

If the car without a driver makes you nervous, fear not. California recently adopted a series of restrictions and requirements for drivers who want to test this kind of cars. At any time, drivers must be present, alert and in the driver's seat in case they need to take control. Also, the companies must report how many times their cars were released unexpectedly from self-driving mode, either because of technology failure or because the driver had to take control.
The other 3 states that allow autonomous car testing are Florida, Nevada and Michigan, but are much less restrictive.
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