Google is taking it to the next level by skipping the process of modifying an existing vehicle, but rather building their own. I’m not even quite sure what to call this new EV, except as the Google Self-Driving Vehicle.
It’s pretty cool, if you get the chance to see one of the many Google self-driving cars around the San Francisco Bay Area. They’re adorned with a cylindrical spinning device on the roof and are often either a Lexus RX or a Toyota Prius. But this new little car is neither made by a major manufacturer nor is it a mock-up of some other car (although it does resemble the love child of a Smart Fortwo and Fiat 500).
These tiny EVs are capped to a maximum speed of 25 MPH to take excited visitors around a custom built track on Google’s campus. Google needs these car to help them better develop the end-product of the true self-driving car. While they may have logged half-a-million miles of auto-pilot miles on the streets of the SF Bay, it still needs more work. And this microcosm of the world might just do the trick.
Google plans to build a hundred prototype vehicles and test them over the next few years.
If you want to learn more about this project follow their Google+ Page