Google said its testing had suggested it was safer to remove conventional controls altogether because the results of a human having to take over suddenly and unexpectedly were unpredictable and potentially dangerous.
Google just showed off a prototype of a radical new self-driving car without all the bells and whistles: That is: No brakes, no steering wheel, and no pedals — just a push button.
The toy-like concept vehicle has two seats, a screen displaying the route and a top speed of 25mph (40km/h). An array of sensors allows the vehicle’s computer to determine its location and surroundings and it can “see” several hundred metres, according to Google.
Initially, Google is going to make 100 or 200 of this version of the prototype and have revealed them today because you are going to start seeing them on the road.
They are more likely to be seen on the streets of California first than over here but still something to look out for.