Self-Driving Car Amps Up Competitors: Google vs GMC? (VIDEO)

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By Brittney R. Villalva , Christian Post Reporter
April 30, 2012|11:04 am

A new competition has been raised in the automotive world, as some question who will be the first to come out with the first completely self-driven car.

Cadillac of the General Motor Company believes that it will be the first to offer self-driving cars to the public. GMC projects that it will have the cars for sale by 2015, according to the Inquisitr.

The company revealed that its future "super cruise" would be the next step from steps it has already taken in the semi-automated department.

"We see the semi-autonomous vehicle, or self-driving vehicle as the next stage in that evolution" toward full autonomy," Don Butler, VP of Cadillac marketing, told the Inquisitr.

However the company may have some competition, and it won't be coming from an automotive company; Google first announced its self-driving car project in 2010 and a majority of its experiments appear to be conducted on a Toyota Prius.

"There's much left to design and test, but we've now safely completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, gathering great experiences and an overwhelming number of enthusiastic supporters," the company stated on Google+ last month. One of the car's first test drivers was Steve Mahan, who also so happens to be 95 percent blind.

Mahan, who is head of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, took the Toyota Prius enhanced by Google for a test run in January.

"This is some of the best driving I've ever done," Mahan joked while conducting the test run. "I love it," he added after the test was over.

While Google admitted that it still had a ways to go with it's project, it also highlighted than this could be the future technology of vehicles.

"We organized this test as a technical experiment outside of our core research efforts, but we think it's also a promising look at what this kind of technology may one day deliver for society if rigorous technical and safety standards can be met."

 

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