Google's Self-Driving Cars Will Be Able to Speed
Engineers figure it's safer to keep up with traffic
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2014 5:00 PM CDT
In this photo taken May 14, 2014, a Google self-driving car goes on a test drive near the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

(Newser) – When Google's self-driving cars hit the road, they'll be programmed to bust the speed limit in the name of safety. That nugget got spotted by PC Pro in a first-person account of a test drive by Paul Ingrassia of Reuters. Google engineers explain that it would be unsafe to make the cars obey the speed limit if all the vehicles around it were zipping by. Therefore, they've programmed the cars to go up to 10mph faster when deemed necessary. Meanwhile, fleets of self-driving trucks might be tested on roads in the UK next year, reports the BBC.

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Oct 2, 2014 10:16 PM CDT
That's not all it'll be able to do:
Aug 23, 2014 1:10 PM CDT
Despite this announcement, don't be looking for any human-less carriages running around public roads anytime soon (as in your lifetime). It is not realistic. Aint gonna happen.
Aug 20, 2014 1:49 PM CDT
Combine this with Uber!