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Google's AI car prototype hits the ground running

The first fully finished Google Car

Google has unveiled the first the real build of its self-driving vehicle prototype which could see an AI drive passengers to their destinations on US roads in the near future.

This model will be vigorously tested over the next few months to ensure the mechanical and digital processes are up to scratch to fully ensure the safety of passengers.

On the Self-Driving Car Project Google+ page, the firm announced: “We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year.

"Our safety drivers will continue to oversee the vehicle for a while longer, using temporary manual controls as needed while we continue to test and learn."

Speaking in May, Google announced its plans for the cars: “Our software and sensors do all the work. The vehicles will be very basic—we want to learn from them and adapt them as quickly as possible- but they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And that's an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people.”

In August, the firm showed the world the first iteration of the automobiles, although a fully functioning road-worthy model was yet to be built.

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