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Google X's self-driving car currently has a top speed of 25 mph

Google previous efforts in the self-driving car realm have involved retrofitting existing manufactures’ vehicles. For example, Google currently maintains a self-driving fleet that includes vehicles like the Lexus RX 450h and the Toyota Prius.
However, Google’s latest self-driving car comes from its own skunkworks group: Google X. Google X, which previously developed smart contact lenses that monitor glucose levels for diabetics, is headed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

The early electric vehicle (EV) prototypes have a top speed of 25 mph, don’t have a steering wheel, and reminds us of a full-size “Cozy Coupe.” The interior basically consists of two seats, two seat belts, a display screen that shows the preprogrammed destination, and not much else. But of course, this is just the early prototype stage to test the viability of such a vehicle; so future variants will definitely spruce things up a bit.

Google’s hope for the future is to take humans completely out of the equation when it comes to traffic accidents. According to Google, 1.2 million people die worldwide from traffic accidents involving motor vehicles. Of those, 90 percent are caused by human error.

Sources: Official Google Blog, Google+

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Turn the seats around?
By Dailyguy on 5/28/2014 10:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
Why not have the seats facing the other way? Then, in an accident the entire seat can impact your body as opposed to the narrow seatbelt. Seems it would be much safer.

RE: Turn the seats around?
By Rukkian on 5/28/2014 10:19:42 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, when you are rear-ended (which is probably much more likely in a computer driven car then other accidents) you would have little protection. Especially in a car this small.

RE: Turn the seats around?
By invidious on 5/28/2014 10:49:23 AM , Rating: 2
Turn the seats around without removing the seatbelts...

RE: Turn the seats around?
By Mitch101 on 5/28/2014 12:09:02 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe its because you don't anticipate the stop and go but sitting backwards can be nauseating. I know a few people including myself at times that cant sit backwards.

RE: Turn the seats around?
By Dailyguy on 5/28/2014 12:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but I don't see why you couldn't take that into consideration within the design - and still use belts of course. The forward speed issue is a tremendous G force generator and would be greatly reduced.

RE: Turn the seats around?
By zephyrprime on 5/28/2014 1:00:02 PM , Rating: 2
Getting rear ended is a lot less dangerous than a head on collision.

By SublimeSimplicity on 5/28/2014 10:34:21 AM , Rating: 2
Given that there's no steering wheel or pedals, I wonder if they could add a fast reacting hydraulic mechanism (like airbags) that would push the seat forward upon a rear impact, allowing for a greater crumple zone behind the passengers.

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