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Google’s self driving cars hit roads outside California

by Todd Haselton | July 7, 2015July 7, 2015 9:20 am PDT

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Google on Tuesday announced that its self-driving cars, which haven’t yet been at fault in an accident, are finally hitting roads outside of California, where they’ve been tested exclusively to date. As of Tuesday, they’re now officially being tested in Austin, Texas, too.

“We’ve chosen Austin, Texas as a new testing location for our project, and one of our Lexus SUVs is there now, with safety drivers aboard, driving a few square miles north and northeast of downtown Austin,” Google said in a post announcing the news. “It’s important for us to get experience testing our software in different driving environments, traffic patterns and road conditions—so we’re ready to take on Austin’s pedicabs, pickup trucks, and everything in between.”

While Google’s cars are capable of driving themselves, U.S. laws still require a driver behind the wheel at all times. Google’s expansion to a new city is an important step in getting autonomous vehicles on the road, but it hasn’t yet announced if it plans to expand to new cities soon.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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