Google has been testing out its self driving cars in a number of states in the US and now Google has announced that it is testing these autonomous vehicles in Austin, Texas.
So if you live in Austin, Texas, you might just see a few of these self driving cars on the roads, as Google will be testing the vehicles over the summer.
It’s summertime, so millions of Americans are packing up the car and hitting the road—and so are we! We’ve chosen Austin, Texas, as a new testing location for our project, and one of our Lexus SUVs is there now, with safety drivers aboard, driving a few square miles north and northeast of downtown Austin. It’s important for us to get experience testing our software in different driving environments, traffic patterns and road conditions—so we’re ready to take on Austin’s pedicabs, pickup trucks, and everything in between. Keep it weird for us, Austin, and visit our website to let us know how we’re driving.
Whilst these cars can drive themselves, there is a safety driver on board each vehicle who can take over the driving and has full control of the vehicle, including the brakes, accelerator and steering wheel.