Google’s self-piloting cars to hit public roadways

Google has been given the green light to test its autonomous vehicles on California roads this summer.

Google says the new self-driving prototypes will drive with the same software that their existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs uses.

They explain its self-driving cars have experienced only 11 accidents in their six years of testing and that all accidents were human error. The company also says that its fleet of driverless cars has already logged nearly one million miles of cumulative driving inside its own test facilities.

On average, the cars are driven about 10,000 miles each week, the company explains, says the cars “have lots of experience to draw on.” Google says the numbers convert to about 75 years of human driving experience.

Once on public roadways, the cars are limited to a neighborhood-friendly 25 miles / hour and will include a safety driver who can take the break and accelerator via the on-board wheel at any point. Google says that its cars can be taken over by a human driver with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal.

“In the coming years, we’d like to run small pilot programs with our prototypes to learn what people would like to do with vehicles like this,” Google added

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