Not too long ago Google confirmed that its self-driving cars will be taking to the streets in Austin, Texas, this is going to be the first time that the company’s autonomous cars are going to go outside California. Google has hinted at plans for building many more prototypes of its self-driving cars and eventually even move towards mass production. Google introduced its self-driving car last year and said that it aims to build 100 vehicles by the end of 2015.
Sarah Hunter, head of policy for GoogleX, was speaking at the California Public Utilities Commission earlier this week where she said that “We’re … making a few hundred of them. We’re making them to enable our team to learn how to actually build a self-driving vehicle from the ground up.”
Google has already set up its own car company called Google Auto to manufacture its self-driving cars that don’t even come with a steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedals.
Hunter further said that the company is mulling over mass production and subsequent sales of its electric cars, while not ruling out the possibility that the eventual vehicle Google mass products won’t be a hybrid.
However it’s likely that this will take a considerable amount of time, Hunter admitted that Google has quite decided yet how to bring its autonomous cars to market, right now the company’s engineers are trying to figure out how to genuinely make cars drive by themselves and once they’ve done that the company will figure out a way to bring it to market and sell to customers.