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Google Reveals the Finished Prototype of Its Self-Driving Car

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Back in May, Google revealed an early mock-up of its self-driving car, an extremely rudimentary vehicle that lacked even functioning headlights. Yesterday, the Mountain View-based tech giant announced that its first completed prototype was ready to be road tested. The new design isn't a radical departure from the previous version; if anything, the biggest modification seems to be confined to the LIDAR sensor system up top, which is now much more compact. In a Google+ post, the project team announced that drivers would leave the tracks and test the car on actual streets in Northern California in 2015.