Google to test 200 self-driving cars

General Motors. Toyota. Google?

One of the world's largest technology companies is getting into the car business — and hoping to turn drivers into passengers. The tech giant announced on its blog Tuesday that it plans to test about 200 of its own two-seat self-driving cars.

"We've been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving," the company wrote. "They will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And that's an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people."

The main goal of the tidy, gumdrop-shaped cars isn't to push Google into the business of building cars. Instead, the company wants to develop self-driving software that will "iBut Google plans to build the bulk of the cars as fully autonomous — no steering wheel, no gas or brake pedal.

Inside will be a pair of seats with seat belts, space for your belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen showing where the car is going. California law is expected to allow the operation of such vehicles on public roads — with a permit — by the end of this year.

The cars were built with safety in mind. They have sensors that eliminate blind spots and look in every direction for more than 200 yards. The top speed of the first vehicles will be limited to 25 mph.

Improve road safety and help people who can't drive."