The car, which Google has named Firefly, was built with a specific intention in mind.
Google’s car is meant to provide the ultimate in efficiency and fuel economy. Since it’s custom-made, they could take advantage of a lot of weight-saving techniques that would normally be impractical or cost-prohibitive for mass-produced vehicles. The Firefly is also designed to be used as an autonomous (driverless) vehicle in Google’s planned ride-sharing service. In other words, it’s intended to be shared and not sold en masse like other cars.
The Firefly was built with these goals in mind:
- Seating for only two passengers, who sit in tandem—one behind the other instead of side by side;
- No steering wheel or pedals; the passenger(s) sits back and lets the car do all of the work;
- An electric motor powered by lithium ion batteries; and
- A lightweight plastic body, which allows for increased fuel economy while occupying as little space as possible on crowded roads.
No one will own it; instead, Firefly will be available for ridesharing.
Before we get into the details of Firefly, you need to know the concept of ridesharing. Ridesharing is a new way to use cars. Instead of owning one, you pay a ridesharing company to pick you up and take you anywhere. The two biggest ridesharing companies are Lyft and Uber. Ridesharing is new, but it’s gaining popularity really fast because it’s convenient and cheaper than car ownership.
For example: let’s say that today is your birthday, so your friends want to go out for dinner. Without ridesharing, someone in your group would have to drive. That person would spend a lot of time looking for parking downtown and then they’d probably still have to walk quite a bit before they find the restaurant (especially if they find free street parking). Then, at dinner, this person wouldn’t be able to order anything strong because they’re driving home after dinner (and no one wants that — it’s their birthday!). But with ridesharing, everyone can order alcoholic drinks with dinner because someone else will drive them home after dinner!
In addition to being more convenient than car ownership, ridesharing is also cheaper than car ownership: here are some reasons why:
- when you use ridesharing instead of owning a car yourself
- you don’t have to buy gas
- you don’t have to pay for insurance
- you don’t have to do maintenance on the vehicle (like changing oil or getting new tires)
- you don’t have to worry about finding parking
Among the many differences between the Firefly and a regular car are its wheels.
One of the many differences between the Firefly and a traditional car is that it has three wheels instead of four. The Firefly has two wheels in the rear, with one in the front. The two back wheels are made of plastic, while the tire of the third wheel is made of foam, likely to cushion any impact during an accident. The back tires are not round like those in a regular car; they are flat and triangular. These characteristics give the car its unique look—and help contribute to a smoother ride.
With no human driver at the wheel, more of the interior space could be dedicated to passengers and their belongings than in a conventional car with a steering wheel and pedals.
With no human driver at the wheel, more of the interior space could be dedicated to passengers and their belongings than in a conventional car with a steering wheel and pedals. That’s because a self-driving car doesn’t need space for a steering column or pedals.
The electric powertrain is also far more compact than those in current gasoline cars — there is no engine, transmission or driveshaft tunnel cluttering up the interior floor. There is also no fuel tank (because the vehicle runs on electricity). And that bulky exhaust system? It’s gone too.
The engine and gas tank were eliminated entirely.
The fuel tank and combustion engine had to go because of the new car’s electric motor, which is far more efficient than a gas-powered engine. Given that Google’s Firefly is also fully autonomous, the need for a fuel tank disappears even faster. Automated vehicles are likely to be small, low-power vehicles that drive slowly, travel in large numbers and always stay on top of maintenance tasks like tire pressure and alignment. These factors all lead to reduced fuel consumption.
Another reason for the absence of an engine? Emissions! Electric cars create no emissions at all while driving, meaning they’re better for your health (especially if you live in dense urban areas) and better for the environment.
There is no steering wheel or pedals, but there are plenty of buttons and screens to compensate.
As you climb into the back seat, you notice that there is no steering wheel or pedals. You sit down, and the car greets you by name and asks where you’d like to go. You tell it your destination and it drives off.
As the car moves, you look around at what seems like a million different buttons and screens of all shapes and sizes on every surface around you. If a button isn’t in easy reach, the car can be controlled by voice alone.
It’s even more streamlined than most racecars.
The car’s body is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, with the absence of side mirrors just one of its many interesting design elements. With no engine to speak of and an eye towards safety, the car is also extremely light. As you drive along in a vehicle that is well-lit, safe and optimized for speed, you might find yourself realizing that you are indeed driving in the future.
It’s also slightly smaller than Google’s previous model, which is based on Toyota’s Prius hybrid.
The Firefly is also slightly smaller than Google’s previous model, which is based on Toyota’s Prius hybrid. The new car is only two seats and its maximum speed has been reduced to around 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers). The company says it doesn’t need a large vehicle because there’s no human driver and the Firefly isn’t built for long range travel.
It can fit two people inside and Google says the Firefly is about the size of a smart car. It has a top speed of about 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers). This was done because it doesn’t need to go fast or very far.
There are no headlights or taillights, either; Firefly has only tiny round white LEDs on its front bumper that serve as running lights.
“There are no headlights or taillights, either. Firefly has only tiny round white LEDs on its front bumper that serve as running lights.”
Although it doesn’t have any mirrors to help drivers see what’s going on around them, Firefly does have a front-facing camera that can be used to display driving conditions outside the car on a dashboard monitor.
Although it doesn’t have any mirrors to help drivers see what’s going on around them, Firefly does have a front-facing camera that can be used to display driving conditions outside the car on a dashboard monitor. The camera is technically called a LIDAR unit, and it uses 64 laser beams that spin at 1.5 million times per second to create a 3D map of the world around the car. It’s impressive technology, and so accurate that Google made sure a reflective surface wasn’t available for us journalists to check ourselves out in when we tried out the car.
The obvious advantage of this system is no longer having to worry about adjusting your mirror every time you get into your car or drive past another vehicle. But these cameras are also used as part of Google’s self-driving software package, which means they could also be used as an extra set of eyes while you’re driving in heavy traffic or tricky weather conditions.
This is an exciting time for self-driving vehicles!
Autonomous vehicles are already in development, and they’ll definitely be driverless. But they’re very different from a conventional car. For one thing, they’re very small, which means there’s less space for people inside them. They lack luxuries like air conditioning and leather seats, two key features of today’s cars. While the future of self-driving cars is exciting, it will take a while for them to become widely available – so if you want your own driverless car today, consider renting one instead!So we know you’ve heard the buzz. Everyone’s talking about it. The driverless car is here at last!
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been working with Google on their new self-driving car, and we can’t wait for you to see it. We really think it’s a game changer, not just in the automotive world—but in the world at large.
The Google car is a luxury car packed with features that make your driving experience safer, more enjoyable, and more convenient. It has all the standard features you’d expect: heated seats, a sound system that’ll knock your socks off, a sleek exterior, and a luxurious interior—all designed to make your drive easier and more comfortable than ever before.
But this isn’t just any luxury car. This is a luxury car of the future. And one of its most important features is what makes it so special: it drives itself.
When it comes to “cars of the future,” the phrase conjures up images of sleek, self-driving vehicles that transport passengers from place to place with a minimum of fuss.
That’s what Google had in mind when they recently released a video showing a prototype of their driverless car, which is being called the first truly driverless vehicle—and the first one built from the ground up for true automation.
The two-seater is full of features intended to make driving more comfortable and enjoyable. It has no steering wheel, pedals, or other controls that would allow a human driver to intervene. Instead, it has large windows and reclining seats intended to allow passengers to sit back and enjoy the ride.
The car is being developed by Google X—the same research unit behind projects like Google Glass and Project Loon (the company’s attempt at bringing internet access with weather balloons).
Google says they have plans to build around 100 prototypes of the car later this summer and test them in California.
The future is here.
Google has announced that it will be releasing the first driverless car in 2018, and we’re not even mad about it. In fact, we’re pretty stoked.
When you think of a driverless car, you probably imagine a sci-fi-esque world where robots are driving your car for you. At least, that’s what we think of. But Google’s new car is much more futuristic than that—while you can definitely sit in the driver’s seat, your role is more like an observer than a participant.
You’re basically just along for the ride as your car figures out where to go and how to get there. You don’t have to tell it anything—all you do is activate its autopilot mode, and it will take care of the rest. You can change directions while on autopilot by telling it where you want to go, or by telling it what natural landmarks to navigate around. And if you have your own personal vehicle, don’t worry—it’s compatible with any car manufactured after 2012!
Of course, this isn’t just a ride through a somewhat dystopian future—you’re also relaxing in style with every turn of the wheel. If you’ve ever been in a Lexus before, then
The driverless car is no longer an idea of the future. It’s here!
Google has released a new driverless car, and it’s about to change the lives of drivers everywhere. Not only does it boast a sleek, luxury design, but it comes with a host of features that are sure to make you want to hit the road.
First, there’s the air-filtration system that uses no less than four filters to keep the air inside the car fresh. With this system—which works with any and all windows rolled up—you’ll be able to breathe easy no matter where you go or what kind of pollution you’re surrounded by.
Second, there’s the entertainment system, which allows you to play music, catch up on your favorite shows, surf the web and place calls—all while keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. With this feature, you’ll never have to choose between staying connected and driving safely again.
Finally, there’s the safety features: automatic collision reporting and emergency assistance (which can call for help even if you don’t), automatic emergency braking (to prevent accidents), blind spot monitoring (so you never miss what’s going on around you), lane departure warning (to alert you if you
It’s official: the era of self-driving cars has arrived.
And isn’t it about time? We’ve been waiting for this moment since the days of The Jetsons—but now, thanks to Google, we’re finally here.
Google’s new line of driverless cars is now on the road, and it’s quite a sight to behold. From their self-driving capabilities to their snazzy design, these vehicles are like nothing you’ve ever seen. What kind of car will be zipping around town without a driver? Let’s take a look.
The new Google car is designed with luxury and leisure in mind. It boasts a sleek, sophisticated exterior and luxurious interior that will transport you from point A to point B in style. The interior is roomy, so you can sit back and relax while your vehicle gets you where you need to go. And when your car arrives at your destination, its doors open automatically—so you can get out quickly and easily when you arrive at your destination.
Of course, what sets Google’s new car apart is its ability to drive itself—and it does it with minimum input from the user. All the user needs to do is type in an address
The concept of a car that drives itself has been around for a long time. Some people were skeptical about the idea, but it’s finally coming to life as Google introduces their new driverless car.
The features of this car are pretty simple. The car can navigate roads completely on its own, with no input from the driver. It is also small, which makes it more efficient and easier to park than traditional cars. Another key feature is that it has no steering wheel or pedals; all you have to do is press a button to start it up. It looks like a cross between an egg and a clown car, which gives it a playful look that encourages people to experiment with it.
It seems like the kind of thing you’d see in an episode of The Jetsons, but it’s not too far off from reality!
It’s the stuff of science fiction—or the not-so-distant future.
Google recently revealed its most detailed plans yet to develop “driverless” vehicles that could someday take you where you need to go, whether it’s to work, on a shopping trip, or even across the country.
The company is working with Detroit-based auto supplier Roush Industries Inc. on a tiny self-driving car with no steering wheel, brake pedals or accelerators. The cars would have sensors that can detect objects as far as two football fields away in all directions and are designed to operate at speeds up to 25 miles per hour.
“They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them,” Google said in an announcement posted on its website. “Our software and sensors do all the work.”