Google’s self-driving cars do not have steering wheels or brakes

Posted May 29, 2014

This past week, Google unveiled a self-driving car prototype. The car does not have a steering wheel, brakes, or pedals because Google said, “it doesn’t need them.” The self-driving car can only seat two people. The car looks like a combination of a golf cart and a VW Beetle.

“They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal … because they don’t need them,” said Google in a blog post. “Our software and sensors do all the work.”

These cars will not have human drivers monitoring them at all times. Google said that the self-driving cars can detect objects up to 200 yards away in all directions and adjust the speed accordingly. The speed of the car has been capped at 25MPH to prevent crashes during testing.

Google did not explain how the car navigates the drive, but it is assumed that passengers input a destination and the dashboard screen and computers do the rest. Google is planning to build 100 prototype vehicles for testing this summer.