Look Ma, No Hands! Google Cars Don’t Have Steering Wheels or Pedals

Occupy Corporatism
By Susanne Posel
May 28, 2014

Google will be building their own line of self-driving cars (SDCs) complete with stop-button controls, no steering wheel or pedals and a city car “friendly” style that is being designed to be appealing to people.

Chris Urmson, director of Google Self-Driving project (GSDP) said: “We’re really excited about this vehicle – it’s something that will allow us to really push the capabilities of self-driving technology, and understand the limitations. [The cars had the ability to] improve people’s lives by transforming mobility.”

This two seater car will be propelled by electricity and limited to 25 mph “to help ensure safety”.

If there is a problem, the driver can take over with a plug in that can is expected to be removed once customer confidence in the technology is solidified.

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google said : “The terrible tragedy of America is 30,000 die on the highways every year. Can you imagine if we could use automation and self-driving cars or automatic driving cars and cut that number in half or to a third?”

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV), in September of this year, they will begin issuing driver’s licenses to driverless cars with “human co-pilots” for only $150.

This fee includes 10 vehicles and no more than 20 “test drivers”.

Google will benefit from this development as they prefect their newly created SDC.

Two years ago, Nevada approved self-driving cars (SDCs) to be used for testing purposes.

Google’s Toyota Prius SDC was given the green light by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (NDMV) to experiment on roads and highways within the state.

Nissan has joined forces with Google to endeavor on a marketing campaign to make the new SDC Leaf more attractive to the general public.

Palmer said: “I don’t preclude the possibility of working with Google, or anyone else for that matter.”

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, predicted that by 2017 SDCs would be available to the general public.

Using artificial intelligence, provided by Google and other features such as around view cameras and actuators, Nissan believes that these cars will give ease to complexity in real-world situations.

The auto industry is convinced that SDCs will take over conventional driving. The idea is that these autonomous cars could replace possible human error when operating a vehicle and reduce the amount of accidents and injuries that now occur.

To create the autonomous car for Google, a Stanford University team invented Stanley . This SDC won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and the $2 million prize from the Department of Defense (DoD).