Chris Urmson, director of Google’s Self Driving Car Project, announced that Google’s self driving cars would not have steering wheel, accelerator pedal or brake pedal when the prototype was initially introduced to the public. Recently, when Google brought one of its self driving cars to Thinkery, a children’s museum in Austin, one of the visitors asked whether the self driving car will have windshield wipers. To this question, one of the employee replied that it would have but instead of on the windshield, it would be placed on the cars eyes which is the sensors.
Apparently, when Google said that the company would make a self driving car, it will be fully automated, which means that the features that are not needed will not be included in the design. The only input that the autonomous car will required from the human is the destination as the rest of the things will be done automatically by the car’s system.
Google is planning to bring self driving cars to be tested in Austin which is the same location that Lexus is currently using to test its self driving SUVs. With this move, Google is hoping that the company will be able to acquire a different set of challenges than those of Mountain View, California. Both companies will be testing in a small area north and northeast of downtown Austin.
Google has been conducting testing for self driving cars since 2009 with the steering wheel-less prototypes starting to be tested on the roads of Mountain View earlier this summer.