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In May 2014, we were introduced to the earlier mock-up of the first two-seat driverless car, and the latest version maintains its ‘cute’ and compact appearance.
One of the more obvious upgrades to the new prototype is the distinctive ‘helmet’ used on the roof to house the car’s radar system, cameras and lasers – this remains a distinctive feature but is now much better integrated.
Rather than converting an existing model , the Google prototype was built by scratch incorporating the results of other ‘prototypes of prototypes’ that Google says it has been developing.
At present, Google has not disclosed if it is working with any existing automotive suppliers for the car parts, so it could go into direct competition with other established car manufacturers when it finally hits the road.
Its compact dimensions will certainly appeal to many buyers who favour the look and feel of a city car, yet its two seat make-up will pose a challenge to those with larger families.
A representative from Google said: “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.
“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.”
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