Google reveals new driverless car with no pedals or steering wheel
We’ve known the driverless cars have been just around the corner for a while now, but thanks to Google, it seems they’ve finally arrived. What we didn’t expect was for them to arrive without steering wheels or brake and accelerator pedals.
The car itself looks very futuristic and is obviously very aerodynamic. It’s not the coolest looking car, but it’s clearly not supposed to be. It’s the computing power and connectivity inside it that matter.
“The project is about changing the world for people who are not well-served by transportation today,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said at the inaugural Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. “There’s not great public transportation in many public places in the United States.”
Aside from the car’s obvious lack of pedals and a steering wheel, Google has also not included a back seat, stereo, glove box, or mirrors.
It’d be interesting to see what the accident rate is in these cars when tested in a real-life urban environment. If results are below average, it’d make it possible for anyone to own a car, like toddlers, teens, and even those who have disabilities that would otherwise prevent them from driving.