Google’s self driving car with no steering wheel has been making waves since the video of the first ever test drive with real individuals went live not too long ago. It seems that it hasn’t only been grabbing the attention of the general public and the tech enthusiasts though, apparently Google has caught the eye of car manufacturers as well with their innovation in the self driving car. According to Bloomberg, the VP of Global Product Development for General Motors thinks that Google has the potential to become a serious competitive threat to the auto industry, which isn’t necessarily untrue as we’ve seen from the development of their driverless vehicles.
Google had been previously testing it’s driverless automobile technology in a Toyota Prius, but has since switched to putting out that tiny little car without a steering wheel that has probably been making its rounds on the web for a day or two. Those tiny little cars have only two seats, and they only reach a top speed of about 25 miles per hour, but the fact that they work as well as they do and account for just about anything you could think of from pedestrians to cyclists, distance from the curb etc. is the astonishing thing and what has big name car makers like GM a little worried. Google reportedly has plans to deploy a fleet of about 100 of those little vehicles for testing by years end, which would give them plenty of more testing ground and a much faster rate of development due to the number of compiled data from all of them as opposed to one.
Producing cars may not be what Google is looking to do at all though. It’s quite possible that they’re simply just trying to perfect the technology. Time will tell, but it isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility that we could see Google drverless car rentals and in the future if they get things to where they want it. From the looks of the results in the video the vehicle seems to drive pretty well and the passengers that took a ride inside of it seemed thrilled, excited, and curious all at the same time. If anyone seems like they might be able to make some good headway on this project it would be Google, but automakers are doing just the same, as GM, Nissan, and Volvo all are working on driverless vehicle projects of their own.