Google has built its first fully functioning self-driving vehicle and it will be driving the streets of California in the new year.

The search engine giant posted a picture of the bubble-shaped car on its website with the message: “The vehicle we unveiled in May was an early mockup – it didn’t even have real headlights!

“Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car – for example, the typical “car” parts like steering and braking, as well as the “self-driving” parts like the computer and sensors.

“We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle – our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.”

The company added that the car will be driven over the Christmas period on a test track before heading out onto the roads of northern California.. see more

source: skynews