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Google Says Safety Is First with New Self-Driving Car

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google's unveiling its own prototype of a self-driving car in which there is no steering wheel or pedals.  Instead, the car is driven solely through computers and sensors.

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Google's (GOOG) unveiled its own prototype of a self-driving car in which there's no steering wheel or pedals.

Instead, the electric-powered car is driven solely through computers and sensors. The only manual controls are a stop/go button and an emergency button. Chris Urmson, director of Google's self-driving project, said in a blog post that safety was the most important aspect of designing the prototype.

He saids the self-driving cars have sensors that remove blind spots and are able to detect objects that are more than two football fields away. The first vehicles have speed capped at 25 miles per hour. Inside, there are just two seats with seat belts, a space for belongings, the start/stop buttons and a screen that shows the car's route. Outside, the front will be made of a foam-like material and the windshield will be made from plastic to reduce potential risk to others in the event of an accident.

A fleet of 100 of the prototypes will be built in the Detroit area and Google safety drivers will begin test-driving the cars later this summer. 

In New York, I'm Brittany Umar for TheStreet.

-- Written by Brittany Umar in New York.

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