Look out: Google's self-driving car is cruising around Austin

by Tessa McLean
July 7, 2015

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Look out Austinites, there's a new car on the road that looks pretty different from everyone else. 

Mostly, because no one is going to be driving the car. 

Google revealed today they have been operating one of their high-tech, self-driving Lexus RX 450h cars in the Austin area for the past several weeks and will be adding a second car soon. The car will be under the supervision of supervisors and Google is hoping pedestrians and drivers alike who spot the car can also contribute feedback. 

They posted the annoucement on Google+:

"It’s summertime, so millions of Americans are packing up the car and hitting the road—and so are we! 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. 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. Keep it weird for us, Austin, and visit our website to let us know how we’re driving."

Have you seen the Google self-driving car? Email us via [email protected]

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