Google has completed the first road ready prototype of its driverless car just in time for the holidays.
Cars are high on the Google agenda currently, and it was suggested recently that the firm will put the Android operating system at the heart of the vehicles. Now in an official post it has revealed the hardware to go with its plans.
“Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype,” the firm said in a blog post.
“The vehicle we unveiled in May was an early mock up. It didn’t even have real headlights! Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car.
“We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle, our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.”
The finished prototype will roam Google’s test track before rolling onto the streets of California.
“We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year,” the firm added.
“Our safety drivers will continue to oversee the vehicle for a while longer, using temporary manual controls as needed while we continue to test and learn.”
Google starting building prototype models early this summer to discover if and where problems might exist.
Google has given its cars a load of road time already, claiming in the spring that the collective milometer was showing a 700,000 miles total.