Google has announced that starting this summer, some of their egg-shaped self-driving test-vehicles will leave the test tracks and actually be allowed to drive around California. The vehicles will be accompanied by a "safety driver" at any given time.
We’ve been running the vehicles through rigorous testing at our test facilities, and ensuring our software and sensors work as they’re supposed to on this new vehicle. The new prototypes will drive with the same software that our existing fleet of self-driving Lexus RX450h SUVs uses. 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.
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