Google Unveils 1st Fully Functional Build of Self-driving Prototype

In a post to its social networking platform, Google+, Google engineers unveiled their fully functional prototype for an autonomous drive vehicle based on the early mockup unveiled earlier this year. The prototype is headed for a test track where engineers will put it through its paces before targeting public road testing in Northern California, perhaps as early as 2015.

The vehicle we unveiled in May ( was an early mockup—it 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. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.


Aaron Turpen
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