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Google's new car: No driver, and no steering wheel

By Ivana Kottasova, CNN
May 28, 2014 -- Updated 1720 GMT (0120 HKT)
Google unveiled this self-driving car prototype Tuesday in California. The car doesn't have a steering wheel or pedals because, Google says, "it doesn't need them." Google unveiled this self-driving car prototype Tuesday in California. The car doesn't have a steering wheel or pedals because, Google says, "it doesn't need them."
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Google has unveiled its own version of a driverless car with no steering wheel and pedals
  • The vehicle can go at maximum speed of 25 mph and can carry two people, the company says
  • Google says it would build around 100 prototypes and start testing them this summer

(CNN) -- Google has revealed a prototype of its latest driverless car -- and this one doesn't even have a steering wheel.

The car will only have a stop and go button. No steering wheel. No pedals.

Unlike Google's previous self-driving vehicles, which have been based on conventional cars adapted to navigate around without a driver, this model has been designed from scratch.

"They won't have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal... because they don't need them," Google said in a statement.

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The car can carry two passengers and has a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour.

Google says the car's most important feature is its safety.

"They have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections," the company said.

With its front designed to look like a friendly smiley face, the Google autonomous car is not just efficient and futuristic, but also cute to look at.

Google said it planned to build around 100 prototypes, which it will start testing in a few months.

The company started developing its self-driving cars in 2005, and is testing previous models across the U.S. They are expected to be available to buy by 2020.

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