Google’s self-dri vin g car

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The US search gi­ant has its in­creas­ingly plump fin­gers in an en­tire ser­vice of tech pies. And next to ther­mostats and satel­lites we can now file a sci-fi staple: the driver­less car.

Five years on from the re­veal of its orig­i­nal in-house pro­to­type, Google co-founder Sergey Brin re­vealed this smart mo­tor at the Code Con­fer­ence, claim­ing it’s “far safer than any other car for pedes­tri­ans”.

The auto-driv­ing ve­hi­cle uses mul­ti­ple sen­sors and a 360-de­gree cam­era atop the roof to look out for po­ten­tial haz­ards. There’s no steer­ing wheel, gear­stick, ped­als, brakes or boot, just two seats and a top speed of 40km/h. All you get is two but­tons; one to start it and a big, red hot spot for emer­gency stops.

The project has logged 700,000 miles of pub­lic road test­ing in the US with­out an ac­ci­dent. Granted that was in a moded Prius rather than this smi­ley-faced num­ber, but it’s the tech in­side that counts. $TBC, Google.com, out 2018

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