Google's self-driving cars may come to market

November 15, 2011 12:00 AM

Google has already shown off its design for a self-driving vehicle, which uses advanced GPS and motion sensing technology in order to pilot itself with no input from the user. Now, the company could be planning to take its design public, reports The New York Times.

In a recent report on the top-secret nature of "Google X," a mysterious project lab where Google tests some of its more off-the-wall concepts, the news source revealed that the technology giant was considering getting into the automotive game. The company's modified fleet of Toyota Priuses have tested extremely well around California, posting a lower accident rate than normal, user-guided driving. In fact, the company reports that many of the accidents in the cars only occurred when the driver took control themselves.

Now the company may be planning to sell its design to the public, although Google has not officially commented on the possibility. It's unclear whether the company would sell a system that could modify existing vehicles or come up with a brand-new car on its own.

Self-driving cars may reduce the number of accidents on the road, but in the meantime, drivers need to take things into its own hands. Preventative auto maintenance, such as regular tire rotation, can help prevent issues and limit the chance of a collision.

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