Google is building a car without a steering wheel.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of the technology titan, told a Southern California tech conference Tuesday evening that Google will make 100 prototype cars that drive themselves, and therefore do not need a wheel. Or brake and gas pedals.
Instead, there are buttons for go and stop. A combination of sensors and computing power takes the driving from there. Though not driving very quickly, the top speed would be 25 mph.
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To date, Google has driven hundreds of thousands of miles on public roads with Lexus SUVs and Toyota Priuses outfitted with the special equipment.
The electric-powered car is compact and bubble-shaped, something that might move people around a corporate campus or congested downtown.
This prototype is the first Google will have built for itself. It won't be for sale, and Google is unlikely to go deeply into auto manufacturing. In a blog post, the company emphasized partnering with other firms.
The biggest obstacle could be the law. Test versions will have a wheel and pedals, because they must under California regulations. The DMV had thought that reality was several years away, so it would have time to perfect the rules.