Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is ready to test-drive its prototype, self-driving car in the New Year. Google has spent the last seven months testing different features of the car’s design including the braking system, steering and the software that supports the vehicle’s functioning. The efforts have resulted to an entirely autonomous self-drive car.
Google Inc Prototype Of Self-Driving Car Ready For Road Test
The prototype will be tested on an internal car track before hitting the streets of Northern California at the start of the New Year. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) will not manufacture the car themselves when the time to take it to market comes. However, this prototype is an indication of the company’s trendsetting technology that will transform the future of the automotive industry.
According to Chris Urmson, Director of the Self-driving Car Project, ‘The cars will not have a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal …because they do not need them. Our sensors and software do all the work.”
The technology titan is making an impact in both Silicon Valley and in the larger automotive industry by creating an automobile that supports convenience and ease of use. Unlike conventional vehicles that require human operation, the Google car works on a stop and go basis.
In the early months of 2014, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) announced that the prototype would be battery-powered and would move at a speed of 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour. While these cars do not compete against the luxury automotive industry, they are an earnest contribution to the larger utilitarian vehicle industry.
Leading car manufacturers including Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Cadillac are gradually introducing vehicles with autonomous capabilities. Although consumers will not yet be able to purchase a fully autonomous car from these leading automakers, they can get one that will brake to avoid an impending accident, adjust the vehicle’s speed or keep the car from diverting from its lane.
The prototype pushed out by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is the first of its kind in the growing and futuristic autonomous car market. None of the automobile titans has come up with a fully self-driving vehicle. This first production is typical of a smart car with a button-nose front, headlights, an egg-like outer construction and a Light Detection and Ranging device mounted neatly on the roof.
In many ways, the Google car is seen as a game changer in the competitive automobile market, a move that could see the tech giant flex its muscles for a share of the profits in the vehicles industry. Just as the smartphone has transformed mainstream consumer habits, so will self-driving cars.