Google is preparing to roll out a self-drive car to customers, with the first cars likely to be built and shipped in the first quarter of 2021, according to the company’s chief executive.
The news comes after Google revealed that its self-driven car prototype had driven over a million miles on a single charge, beating Tesla’s production model by more than 300,000 miles.
Google is expected to release an initial mass-market self-driving car sometime between 2021 and 2021, said Marc Benioff, Google’s vice president of automotive.
Benioff also said that the cars would be equipped with sensors that would allow them to autonomously detect hazards in traffic and other situations.
He said the cars will also have cameras that will allow them “to navigate traffic and make decisions in a much more autonomous manner.”
Benroff also promised that the first self-drivers would be able to drive on city streets, and that they would be limited to just 50,000km of range per charge.
Google is also planning to begin offering cars in 2019, as well as to allow self-owners to choose their own insurance provider, said Beniof.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently said that his company is preparing for the possibility of a fully autonomous car by 2021.
In March, Musk told the Wall Street Journal that Tesla is working on a selfless car that could be ready for customers in 2021.