Google has officially unveiled their latest project – a self driving car.
The company made the announcement in a post on Google’s social networking site, alongside a picture of a white, rounded bug-looking vehicle with the caption “Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype.”
The self-driving car is ready to be road tested and will hopefully be ready in the New Year.
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“We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year,” Google stated.
ABC reports, several automakers have been working on autonomous or semi-autonomous features for cars, such as self-parking, but no fully autonomous car has yet come to market.
“Self-driving cars, if widely adopted, stand to be as transformative to consumer life as the smartphone,” said Mike Hudson, who tracks the automotive industry for eMarketer.