Cars that are capable of zipping around the congested streets and freeways of California without a human driver’s input may seem like a far-fetched notion. However, autonomous cars are already here.
About a year ago, search engine giant Google began testing self-driving Toyota Prius hybrids around the Golden State, and racked up more than 140,000 miles in the process. Today, Google continues to test its autonomous driving technology, but some wonder if the company also has its eye on a new business.
A recent article in The New York Times suggests that Google may eventually enter the automotive industry. Officially, Google is experimenting with autonomous technology to help make roads of the future safer and cleaner. Unofficially, the company may be thinking about building autonomous cars in the U.S.
At this point, the Times’ theory is merely conjecture. But, Google is nevertheless taking its experiments very seriously. Back in June, the state of Nevada passed a bill that would allow driverless cars on public roads and highways. The passage of this legislation — which Google lobbied for — is widely believed to pave the way for driverless taxis on the famed Las Vegas Strip.
While the extent Google’s automotive ambitions aren’t clear just yet, the search giant’s testing will undoubtedly fuel the development of this transformative technology. Check it out in action below.