Google’s Self-Driving Car Captured on Video and Revealed

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google-self-driving-car-1Google has revealed a self-driving vehicle on their blog explaining how they have been testing this type of technology for over year now. The cars, so-far, have logged over 140,000 miles where about 1,000 of them have been fully-automated runs.

Over year ago, Ben Tseitlin was able to capture a video of one of the test cars which happens to be a Toyota Prius, one of the many fleet vehicles Google is using for the self-driving test. In the videos, shown below, you will notice a big spoiler rig with a rotating device and cameras mounted on the roof of the vehicle. At the time Ben captured this video he simply thought it was another Google-Street-View car capturing the landscape. Little did he know, it was an autonomous driving vehicle manned by one of Googles technicians.

Since the spotting of the ‘test cars’ Google has notified the public of them conducting such tests and assured everyone that a human being was always present in the driver’s seat in the event that a manual override is needed.

Google Computer-Driven Prius from Ben Tseitlin on Vimeo.

Do you think we will ever have self-driving vehicles for sale on the automotive market in our lifetime? What about the next generation? How close do you think Google is to actually releasing this technology for a fully self-driving car?

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