“We’ve done some testing in Nevada, Florida, Washington D.C., and other areas, but most of our testing has been in California because that’s where our team is based,” a Google spokesperson told TPM in a statement.
Further, Google said on Tuesday that a new type of car will join its fleet of about a dozen modified Toyota Priuses: The Lexus RX450h.
Not only that, but Google said it will be widening the tests to new terrain and driving situations, including “snow-covered roadways” and “temporary construction signals.” Google will also begin allowing the cars to have just one human monitor riding along, instead of the previous two-people per-car.
Finally, the company said it will allow some employees to begin taking the cars to work.
Specifically, the work commutes using the Google self-driving cars “will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area at this pont,” a company spokesperson told TPM.
Google’s spokesperson told TPM that none of Google’s self-driving cars had ever been involved in an incident with law-enforcement.
That will eventually happen, but that's why you test these things. Still, given another 5 years or so I see this technology being commercially available, and given another 10 or 15 it may be commonplace. Can't wait to see that happen.
Hurry up, Google. My commute sucks.