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Google says its self-driving cars don't have windshield wipers

Google said its self-driving prototype car - that's designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button - does not have windshield wipers.


Google says its self-driving cars don't have windshield wipers
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New Delhi: Google said its self-driving prototype car - that's designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button - does not have windshield wipers.

Earlier, the Internet search giant had revealed that its pod-like two-seater didn't have a steering wheel or gas pedals.

Now, the company has confirmed that its car doesn’t have any windshield wipers either, where the automated car may make passengers feel helpless if they are unable to see out the window when it rains.

Google said that it is bringing its prototype cars to Austin Texas and the company brought one of them to Thinkery - a children’s museum in the city.

When visitors asked if the car has windshield vipers, a Google employee replied, “Yes, but not on the windshield. They’re on our sensors - our car’s 'eyes.”

Possibly, the Google car doesn't have windshield wipers because it doesn't need them.

It is said that Google's self-driving car doesn't require any human input other than specifying a destination.

Chris Urmson, director of Google's Self-Driving Car Project said: “They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Our software and sensors do all the work,’ when the car was first announced.

‘It was inspiring to start with a blank sheet of paper and ask, “What should be different about this kind of vehicle?”'

Google first revealed in May last year that its car would have no steering wheel or gas pedals.

While the idea of Google's self-driving cars give lots of excitement, many questions remain about the safety, design and regulation.

According to Mashable, Google has been testing its self-driving cars since 2009, with the steering wheel-less prototypes hitting the roads of Mountain View earlier this summer.

It said the company plans to bring a handful of its prototypes to Austin for testing on the same roads as its Lexus SUVs.

Google's prototype cars are electric and have to be recharged after 80 miles (129km) and can only be used in areas that have been thoroughly mapped by Google.

From Zee News

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