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Self-driving car is a go for Google

By AP Reporters

Google is building a car without a steering wheel that will drive itself.

The two-seater will not be sold publicly but Google said it hopes that, by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads. The top speed will be 25mph.

The cars will have no steering wheel, no brake and no accelerator pedals – just buttons for go and stop. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, said: "It reminded me of catching a chairlift by yourself, a bit of solitude I found really enjoyable."

The electric-powered car is compact and bubble-shaped – something that might move people around a corporate campus or congested town centre. Test versions will have a wheel and pedals, because they must under California regulations.

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