Google Tests 200 Self-Automated Cars

By Solomon Hammerly '16

Google’s attempt to shift outside of computer-based technology has started with their plans to start testing approximately 200 Autonomous two-seat cars, announced on Tuesday. Rather than attempting to create a breakthrough idea within the motor industry, Google plans to, “improve road safety and help people who can’t drive.”

An example of a Toyota Prius that Google has used their autonomous technology for in the past. (Wikipedia).

An example of a Toyota Prius that Google has tested their autonomous technology with in the past. (Photo: Wikipedia)

The design of these cars resembles that of a smart car, but because it is fully autonomous, the car comes without a brake, steering wheel, or gas pedal. The cars are built with sensors that look a full 360 degrees for up to 200 yards around, with a top speed of only 25 mph, which is meant to serve the same function that these missing items of the car would normally be used for.

While there have been past prototypes of these automated cars fit for Toyota and Lexus, this marks Google’s first attempt at their own model. These tests are planning to occur during the summer of this year.