The prototype self driving cars of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are spotted in Austin, Texas. The company is conducting tests on self driving cars to know how they interact with the people on the road, and the road conditions. It will also test another specially developed vehicle Lexus RX450h in Austin, Texas this week.
According to the head of business operations (self-driving car project), Jennifer Haroon at Google, the vehicle is fitted with the software and the necessary sensors that began rounds on the roads last week without the help of a driver. The company will add one more car for testing next week.
Google has started testing the prototype cars from the year 2009 around its headquarters based in California.
Many people have spotted the bubble shaped and tiny vehicles designed and developed by Google with its own technology on the public roads of Mountain View, California. Google is not risking the lives of people on the roads. All the vehicles, which are undergoing tests, have humans to take control if necessary.
The law to allow self-driving cars is already in place in California as well as in other states. However, Austin or Texas is yet to establish the rule to allow self driving cars. Therefore, Google has not obtained permission to test drive the self-driving cars in Texas. The drivers in the self-driving cars will observe how they are behaving and pass on the results to the engineers for corrective actions.
The transportation department in Texas have applauded the move of Google and said it will extend all the necessary support for testing.
According to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and other automakers, the technology will be ready by the year 2020 to build the final self-driving car. The company will rope in a manufacturer to develop and manufacture a self-driving car.
On the other side of the story, most of the renowned automakers are developing automated vehicles to automate functions like brakes, steering, and throttle.