Google designs new driverless car

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(CNN) — A new kind of Google self-driving car will be hitting the streets very soon. The technology company is switching from an SUV to a custom-built electric car that is likely to turn heads, and they will only be navigating the streets of Mountain View, California, where its headquarters are located.

It will be an attraction, or possibly a distraction, depending what you think of the small, two-seat, electric self-driving car. Google designed them this way so its engineers can study how people react and interact with them.

A human will retain manual control as needed and its speed will be limited to 25 miles an hour.

This next phase of testing brings self-driving capability closer to reality for seniors who fear losing their independence and mobility.

Google has built 25 of these prototype cars and will put them on the streets of Mountain View a few at a time.

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