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Google’s self-driving cars are hitting public roads this summer

Google’s self-driving cars have been given the green light to venture out onto public roads in Mountain View, California this summer.

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There goes the neighborhood: Google is releasing their self-driving cars out into the wild. The company has been given the clear to test their autonomous driving vehicles in Mountain View’s public roads this summer.

If you’re a resident of the area and unsettled by this news, rest assured, a safety driver will always be present inside the vehicle for safety precautions. On top of that, Google will even be capping the vehicles speed at 25 mph, to ensure nothing funny happens.

To give the public some assurance of the safety of these vehicles, program director, Chris Urmson wrote this in a recent blog post:

“That fleet has logged nearly a million autonomous miles on the roads since we started the project, and recently has been self-driving about 10,000 miles a week. So the new prototypes already have lots of experience to draw on—in fact, it’s the equivalent of about 75 years of typical American adult driving experience.”

Earlier this week, a report from Backchannel revealed Google’s self-driving cars were involved in 11 accidents. Good part about this news? In all the reported accidents, the car was not found at fault.

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