The cars, obviously still in trial mode, drives themselves but are backed up by a “safety driver” who can take over controls at any time. The cars have a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour when driving on their own and depends on an array of sensors and online information to get around.
Google said its self-driving cars have actually logged some 200,000 miles already on the road, and have encountered five minor accidents – all determined to be the fault of human drivers on the other end.
Funny enough, Raj Rajkumar, a researcher of self-driving cars – not with Google, told the Guardian that the cars’ novelty value might actually be the cause after all. He told the paper that people often get distracted by the cars’ gadgetry and are often seen scrambling for their phones to catch a photo.
So far, there are no launch dates for Google’s vehicles, although the latest generation of Google’s self-driving cars has already received permission to operate on California roads.