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Google to start building self driving cars

Hot off the press is motoring news that Google is to start building "self driving" cars aimed at developing self drive cars for the public.

Google's self driving electric cars will be limited to around 25mph initially for safety.

The cars will only have a stop start button, no other controls including no stearing wheel, no accelerator or brake pedals and will navigate using Google maps.

The electric cars are designed to be pedestrian friendly with flexible windsreen instead of glass and softer front for pedestrian safety.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin told reporters that the firm is to make 100 prototype cars that drive themselves however it is thought unlikely that Google will start mass producing cars for resale and is more likely to work with other car manufacturers to bring self drive electric cars to market safely.

Google's self driving cars navigate their surroundings using a combination of GPS, laser and camera data.

There are hurdles to overcome such as which roads, in which American states, Google will be allowed to test the self drive cars as Google develops it's self drive cars project.

Plus who is liabile in the event of a accident?

Self Drive cars are only likely to be practical in city centres initially where road speeds are lower, pollution, congestion and road safety for pedestrians is a focus of attention.

For motorway driving adaptive cruise control which regulates distance from the car in front is already available in production cars in the UK with Volkswagen being one of the leaders in adaptive cruise control.

Chart of UK Vehicles to UK Population 1992 to 2012

The following is a chart of the number of vehicles registered for use on UK roads to the number of UK population between 1992 and 2012.




The number of vehicles registered on UK roads has increased by 9.6 million between 1992 and 2012 or a rise of 38.5%.

The number of people living in the UK has increased by 6 million between 1992 and 2012 or a rise of 10.7%.

20 years ago vehicles to population percentage was 44.5%

in 2012 the ratio of vehicles to population had increased to 55.7% and increase of 11% on 1992.

The rise in two car families contributing to the increase in cars registered on UK roads in the last 20 years.