Google Self-Driving Car Project

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Where we’ve been

We’ve been working on our project since 2009, but the dream of self-driving cars goes back much farther.

It started as early as the 1939 New York World’s Fair where visitors were presented a vision of automated highways. In the mid 2000s, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) organized the Grand Challenges where teams gathered to compete with self-driving vehicles. In 2009, Google started the self-driving car project, including team members who had already dedicated years to the technology.

Where we are

We’ve self-driven more than 1.5 million miles and are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, CA, Austin, TX, Kirkland, WA and Metro Phoenix, AZ.

Our testing fleet includes both modified Lexus SUVs and new prototype vehicles that are designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving. There are safety drivers aboard all vehicles for now. We look forward to learning how the community perceives and interacts with us, and uncovering situations that are unique to a fully self-driving vehicle.