Currently it’s against the law to have a self driving vehicle on the road. However, four US states—California, Nevada, Florida, Michigan and District of Columbia have all passed laws allowing driverless cars to operate on public highways and roads.
Just one short step from completely driverless cars, Google currently has 23 Lexus RX450h hybrid SUV vehicles equipped with the company's self driving technology roaming the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area. These cars are racking up approximately 10,000 miles per month, and in June of this year Google claimed to have logged just over million miles.
And now that there has already been a fair amount of test driving in place, Google has decided to move into car manufacturing. Over the last few years the company has been housing its self propelling technology in cars made by Toyota (Prius), VW (Beetle) and Lexus (RX450h), but now Google is developing its own vehicle.
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Google has wisely chosen to partner with Roush Enterprises, the company started by racing mogul Jack Roush who began at Ford Motor Company who then went on to build an engineering empire by designing performance parts for sport, stock and drag racing cars. Called the “Google Auto” for lack of a better name, the vehicle will be made in Plymouth Township, Michigan with electronic components from Silicon Valley. Photos of the prototype show a fun little capsule that looks similar to an amusement park ride—how fun is that?
Google is not the only company on the horizon of manufacturing autonomous vehicles. In fact there is a bit of a race between companies. QNX from Canada is devising an operating platform that will control everything in a car including movies, games, phone and favorite apps. According to Sergey Brin the Google car will be coming to a showroom near you as early as 2017.
Are you ready?