#Google debuts self-driving cars – electric two-seater prototype to hit the roads within a year – an annotated infographic

The world got a little bit stranger recently, as the hitherto science-fiction dream of driverless cars cruised closer to reality with the announcement by Google that it is building a self-driving car with no steering wheel, no brake and no accelerator pedals – just buttons for go and stop. You can’t simplify the driving experience much bey0nd this. That’s the bare essentials right there.

The electric-powered two-seater will have a top speed of 25mph. The car will not be sold publicly, but Google hopes to build 100 prototypes and use them in a “pilot programme”.

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, told a Southern California audience of his first ride: “It reminded me of catching a chairlift by yourself, a bit of solitude I found really enjoyable.”

E&T covered this driverless cars story in full last week. There is also an entertaining video on our news page that captures some cheerful Californian folks’ first journeys in a working prototype. It looked like a lot of fun, so you should definitely check that out.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

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