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This article was published on December 22, 2014

Google finally has a fully functional prototype of its self-driving car

Google finally has a fully functional prototype of its self-driving car
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Google’s got AI lovers a little gift for the holidays – it’s finished the first complete prototype of its self-driving vehicle.

While the company unveiled the tentative design for the car back in May (though the technical research aspect has been running for several years now), the prototypes it’s built so far have been functionally compartmentalized – each one was only testing certain components of the vehicle.

Vehicle prototype Google Car Self Driving

Now, it’s put all those parts together into a fully functioning model. Google says it will spend some more time testing the vehicle over the holidays at its test track, with the hope of driving on Northern California roads soon.

Don’t worry if you don’t trust our robot overlords yet; Google says it’s still using safety drivers with manual controls in case things go awry. For now anyway.

Google Self-Driving Car Project