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Google to expand tests of self-driving cars in Texas with its own prototypes

Google to expand tests of self-driving cars in Texas with its own prototypes

Over the weekend, kids at a local event in the Texas capital said the car looked like "the future"

Google will for the first time take its marshmallow-shaped self-driving car beyond its home turf in California and onto the streets of Austin, Texas.

In the next few weeks, Google will start testing a few of its prototype vehicles in the area north and northeast of downtown Austin, the company said Monday. The cars will navigate the same area where Google's Lexus SUV self-driving vehicles have been for the last couple months.

Both sets of vehicles will continue to have human drivers on board for the testing, Google said.

The company said in July that Austin would be the next location for tests of its self-driving cars, but Google did not say whether the tests would include the Google-designed prototype.

Bringing the cars to Austin will allow Google to test its vehicles in a location with road conditions, traffic patterns and driving situations that differ from those in Google's home base in Mountain View, California, the company has said.

Over the weekend, Google held an event at a children's museum in Austin with its cars on display.

During a question and answer session, kids said the prototype vehicle looked like a gumdrop, a bug, a computer mouse, and "the future," Google said in a blog post on Monday.

In a self-driving car, kids said they'd most enjoy eating tacos and reading, Google said.

A spokeswoman for the Austin Transportation Department said there is no Texas law that would require Google to receive the department's approval for testing.

Bryce Bencivengo, a spokesman at Austin City Hall, said that from a regulatory standpoint, self-driving cars in Austin are currently treated the same way as regular cars, and must obey all traffic laws. The results of Google's tests might pave a way forward to create a framework for new self-driving car regulations, he said.

Google self driving car Martyn Williams
A Google self-driving car navigates streets near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California.


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