► All hail the new Google car! ► New autonomous pod shown► First iteration of driverless car Google made a major announcement this week when it confirmed its plans to build its own autonomous car. Co-founder Sergey Brin revealed the project at a conference in California on Wednesday. It might look like an extra from the set of the movie Cars, but you’d better believe it: Google wants to launch a driverless car very much like what you see here.To date, internet giant Google has dabbled with autonomous Toyota Priuses, Lexus SUVs and other mules testing out its self-driving software and hardware. But this week the search giant confirmed it has designed its own vehicle, rather than piggy-backing an existing manufacturer’s chassis. It’s a significant moment. The world’s largest and most valuable technology company will start competing with traditional car makers within the next 12 months. Prototypes will be made by a specialist in the Detroit area (rumoured to be Roush) and Google is likely to contract out manufacturing of the production version. But the design you see here is a 100% original Google blueprint.Google says its self-driving car will have a stop-go button, but no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal. It… Read full this story
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