May 15, 2015
Nearly five years after it was first announced, The Google self-driving car project is finally a go. The company is ready to road test their line of prototype vehicles starting this summer. Google’s fleet of robot cars are set to hit the roads near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. As a precaution, safety drivers will be aboard the vehicles, whose speeds will be capped at 25 miles per hour. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic accidents are responsible for over 1.2 million fatalities each year. Google hopes that their self-driving cars can reduce that number while revolutionizing the car driving experience. Google says the autonomous prototype vehicles are road ready after undergoing rigorous trials at the company’s testing facilities. The vehicles utilize Lexus RX450h self-driving technology as pioneered by Google. According to Google, their prototype vehicles have driven themselves for nearly a million road miles since the project began. By that standard, Google’s robot fleet has the cumulative driving experience of a senior citizen. Not bad for a program that’s still at the toddler stage! Find out more about Google’s Self-Driving Car Project by viewing the video below:From new luxury vehicles to used hybrids, you can find great specialty cars in your area thanks to Auto Publishers! Our thousands of dealer vehicle listings are regularly updated for the benefit of customers looking for vehicles from local dealerships!