Google has announced that it plans to test few of its self-driving prototypes on public roads in California this summer.
As part of its ‘next phase of testing’ some of the Google self-driving car prototypes will be undergoing the same testing that its existing fleet of Lexus RX450h SUVs with Google self-driving software has been put through. The modified Lexus RX450h fleet has clocked around a million miles driving autonomously on roads, self-driving about 10,000 miles a week recently.
Each of the Google self-driving prototype will be limited to a top speed on 25mph, with safety drivers sitting aboard during this phase of testing. The cars will have a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and a brake pedal that will allow safety drivers to take over when necessary.
In future, Google plans on running a pilot program with the self-driving prototypes to learn what people would like to do with such vehicles. For now, it is more interested in finding out how the self-driving vehicle will perform in various challenging situations, such as knowing where it should stop if it can’t stop at the exact destination in case there is construction going on or due to congestion.