It had to happen, right? A driverless car? A self driving car with no steering wheels and just an on/off button? All you do is hop into the car, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Yesterday Mountain View-based Google introduced its self driving car at the inaugural Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google unveiled the self driving car that is built by scratch. And with this announcement you can see that the automotive industry is at the cusp of a potentially huge change and Silicon Valley companies are leading that change. Today, almost all major automative companies from around the world have a Research and Design Lab in Silicon Valley.
Here is a video of a self driving car test from 2010 when Google first announced the project. You can see Steve Mahan sitting on the driver seat, but he has nothing to do with driving the car. Mahan is 90% legally blind as he points out in the video.
And here is Google’s self driving car that was unveiled yesterday.
You can read about Google’s Self Driving Car and how it works.