Published On: Mon, Aug 31st, 2015

Google self-driving cars to begin test drives in Austin

Sergey Brin

 

Google is sending three prototype self-driving cars to Austin next week, after representatives from the company tested six of their older models in the city for the past two months.

At a press conference Saturday at the Thinkery, a children’s science museum, Austin Mayor Steve Adler said the self-driving cars fit well into the city’s technological scene.

“We truly love testing new things around here, ” Adler said. “It is impossible for this city not to want to participate in trying to help shape the transportation of tomorrow.”

 

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Adler said Google created three newer models for the specific purpose of test-driving around Austin.

The cars run on the same software as the six formerly tested vehicles, and Google’s team of test drivers will test the cars over the next few weeks, Adler said.

Chris Urmson, director of the Google Self-Driving Car Project, said he is grateful to Austin for the opportunity.

Read the full story at Daily Texan Online, by Nancy Huang 

 

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