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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. 
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Congratulations team!
How about testing in the Netherlands? Lots of cyclist to test your autonomous driving skills ;)
Keep up the good work!
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Notice anything new on the streets of Mountain View, California? Our latest prototype vehicles are ready for the road and a few of them are now cruising around town! 

These prototype vehicles are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. They’re ultimately designed to work without a steering wheel or pedals, but during this phase of our project we’ll have safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed. The prototypes’ speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and they’ll drive using the same software that our existing Lexus vehicles use—the same fleet that has self-driven over 1 million miles since we started the project. 

As we start to cruise around the neighborhood, we really want to hear what our neighbors think. To learn more about our project or to leave feedback on how we’re driving, please visit our website: www.google.com/selfdrivingcar.

See you on the road!
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A TV news story  was run yesterday in France during peak hours.  It features, among others, an older promotional footage of the Google Car as an "unexpected competition arrived from the West of US":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKm6GA0AYcA&feature=youtu.be&t=1m48s

Also they say something about 100 units manufactured.
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Curious about how our self-driving cars work, what path has led us here, and what’s next for the project? With our prototype vehicles heading out onto the streets of Mountain View, California, this summer, it’s really important to us that we share more information on what we’re up to and give our neighbors space to share their thoughts. Learn more about our project on our new website: www.google.com/selfdrivingcar
What if it could be easier and safer for everyone to get around? To start, we’re building a prototype vehicle that’s designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button–no driving required.
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1. What happens when multiples of these encounter rail crossings? Do they all wait for each other and no one goes?
2.Yes, it would be wonderful if they would make a platform that could fit wheelchairs. Ride services are often slower than buses, and almost always more expensive. (I don't see them doing that though..)
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We started designing the world’s first fully self-driving vehicle to transform mobility, making it easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone to get around. Now we're ready for the next step of our project: this summer, our prototype vehicles will leave the test track and hit the familiar roads of Mountain View, California, with our safety drivers aboard. Learn more: http://goo.gl/mBTKZD
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+Google Self-Driving Car Project this thing just went down my road!
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Happy holidays from our team! Can you guess who won best dressed?
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You are making amazing thing, wish you success guys! 
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It's been an action-packed summer developing our prototype vehicles and we're excited to share an update on our progress.

You can think of the process of creating a self-driving vehicle in three stages.  First we have to build the basic structural and mechanical functions of the vehicle, like the drivetrain and the chassis — the parts that make it move.  Then we get to where we're at now, where we add the “self-driving” features — the sensors and software — and optimize how they interact with the vehicle.  In the last stage of development, we will add all the finishes, like a final paint job and interior buttons, that complete a “real” vehicle you’d want to ride in.   

Drivers like Priscilla and Alan, who have spent years teaching our Lexus vehicles to drive on city streets, are now working in private facilities to provide feedback on the performance of these early-stage prototypes.  At our test track, we can run them through a variety of tests and terrains.  We’ve got traffic lights, construction zones, wobbling cyclists — everything we need to simulate a busy street environment. 

Of course, you might be wondering how our safety drivers can safely test a vehicle that doesn’t have a steering wheel — how would they be able to take control of it if necessary?  We knew that California law would require any vehicles still being tested to have manual controls, so we’ve had a plan ready.  After each vehicle is assembled, we fit a temporary steering wheel and set of controls into it.  We’ll remove these manual controls after the prototypes have finished being tested and permitted, because our vehicles are ultimately designed to operate without a human driver.

It’s been an exhilarating few months, and we still have a lot of development work to do, but we can’t help but smile when we see our first few vehicles doing laps around the test track.
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I really like the concept. Can't' wait to try one myself. Be glad to try it out when you expand into Texas.
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Chris Urmson, Director of the Self-Driving Car Project, explains the difference between driver assistance systems and fully self-driving cars in his recent +TED Talk "How a driverless car sees the world." 
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google's driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver's seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.
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Hi +Google Self-Driving Car Project,
I have a question which I hope you can answer:
Are you making the car accident-resistant? What I'm thinking about is whether you can make it escape an accident, like the ones you have already experienced, if possible. Because I mean, accidents will happen...

Eg. let's say that the car "sees" a car driving in the opposite direction and the self driving car calculates that it is heading straight into it. Right now the car would just stand still because it doesn't know what it happening, right? Are you thinking about making sure that it actually drives away so that it can avoid a crash, or so that the injuries are minimal?
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As our prototype vehicles start to cruise the streets of Mountain View, California, we want you to make these cars your own and help transform them into public art! Join us in “Paint the Town”, a moving art experiment inviting artists in California to submit art to be featured on our cars, on our website and at an “Open Garage” community event in the fall where up to 10 selected artists will get a ride in the self-driving car. 
 
Learn more at www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/paint. You can also attend an information session and see our prototype vehicle up close at the Community School of Music & Arts in Mountain View, CA, on Saturday, July 11 at 3pm, 4pm or 5pm. Submission period for Paint the Town will open on July 11, 2015 and close August 30, 2015.
Learn more about “Paint the Town”, a moving art experiment inviting artists in California to submit art to be featured on our self-driving cars, on our website and at an “Open Garage” community event in the fall.
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Can't wait until we see these in Louisiana years from now (T-T)
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Last week, we crossed the million mile mark for our project.  Our software has now self-driven the equivalent of 75 years of typical U.S. adult driving!  Along the way, we’ve navigated more than 200,000 stop signs, 600,000 traffic lights, and seen 180 million vehicles—with several thousand traffic cones, some fluttering plastic shopping bags, and a rogue duck thrown in for good measure.  

We’ve come a long way since +Larry Page first challenged us to demonstrate that self-driving technology had long-term potential. Back in 2009, he gave us two audacious goals. The first was to drive 100,000 miles on public roads; in 2009, this was about 10x more miles than had ever been completed by any autonomous driving team.  The second was to drive 10 sets of 100 interesting miles—well known California routes that included crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, navigating the curves of Lombard Street in San Francisco, and traversing the 200+ traffic lights of major boulevard El Camino Real.  We met those early goals, but it was hard to imagine we’d ever cruise the boulevards of Mountain View, California, as smoothly as we do today.  We’re taking this million mile milestone as further proof that fully self-driving vehicles will become a reality, and we’re looking forward to finding out where the next million miles will take us.  
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Press reports about the recent unfortunate injury accident (caused by another human driver) is saying that the project mileage total is now 1.9 million. Is that a reliable figure? 
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We've self-driven nearly 1 million miles, now averaging around 10,000 self-driven miles a week—that's just a bit less than a typical American driver logs in a year! We've learned a lot about how people drive on the road and where incidents commonly occur. Learn more: https://goo.gl/oIul2t
After 1.7 million miles we’ve learned a lot — not just about our system but how humans drive, too.
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yes i know him why whos asking

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Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype.  

The vehicle we unveiled in May (goo.gl/qDUtgq) was an early mockup—it didn’t even have real headlights! Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical “car” parts like steering and braking, as well as the “self-driving” parts like the computer and sensors. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.

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.  Our safety drivers will continue to oversee the vehicle for a while longer, using temporary manual controls as needed while we continue to test and learn.  Happy holidays!
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I want a microwave and coffee maker for my model. Lol.
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Safety drivers are trained to be very conservative in terms of when and how to take over manual control of our vehicles when we’re out testing on the road. Part of this training involves driving exercises that help our drivers better understand the limits of a car, preparing them for different situations in which they must safely take over control of a vehicle on the road.
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All so young!  Let me know when you need a "mature" tester!  I'm all in.  Also, I have a friend with a degenerative eye disorder who is legally blind, and can no longer drive.  this car will free so many from being stuck home.
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Our goal is to make it easier and safer for everyone to get around one day. To start, we’re building a prototype vehicle that's designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button—no driving required.