This is Google’s latest driverless car prototype.
It doesn’t look like much to be fair but it’s not what’s on the outside that matters at the moment.
The more exciting news is Google thinks the self-driving vehicles will be a thing by 2020 after revealing a prototype at its Mountain View, California, headquarters.
Google vehicle operator Reko Ong stands next to a prototype of Google’s self-driving vehicle (Picture: Reuters)
The cars have already have logged more than 2 million miles in six years on private tracks, highways and city streets located mostly near the search giant’s base.
The vehicles have travelled more than half that distance in automated mode, with one test driver in place to take control of the car if the technology fails or a potentially dangerous situation arises.
Brian Torcellini, 31, leads the crew of test drivers who are legally required to ride in Google’s fleet of 48 robot cars.
‘There are tons of situations where we see people who just aren’t very good at driving out there,’ said Torcellini.
‘It’s up to us to teach the (robot) cars to be better than those drivers, and even better than the best drivers, too.’
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