Google’s new self-driving vehicles have been tested on public roads for the first time in the US state of California, where the search giant is based.
Google announced on Thursday that the cars “are ready for the road and a few of them are now cruising around” the city of Mountain View.
The cars are totally built by Google and are different from the heavily-modified Lexus vehicles the company already has.
For the past year, Google has been testing its own bubble-shaped vehicle and experimenting on it using technology adapted for existing cars.
“We’ve had 20-plus Lexus vehicles driving on Mountain View city streets for the last few years, but the arrival of our new self-driving vehicle prototypes marks the start of a new phase of our project,” Google said, assuring the US public that its prototypes will have “safety drivers” who can take over using manual controls if needed.