Google’s self-drive car will hit the road in Australia early next year, as the company continues to test its autonomous vehicle technology in the state.
Google’s first fully autonomous car is expected to arrive on Australian roads in 2019.
The first self driving car Google has tested in the US, which is now a world leader in its field, was unveiled at Google’s annual developer conference in February.
The company also has a long-standing partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Transportation Research Institute to test autonomous vehicle systems in Australia.
The Australian state government has granted the company permission to test the technology on public roads.
Google has confirmed that its first fully-autonomous vehicle, dubbed the “LUX,” will arrive in Australian cities in 2019 and will be able to drive itself at speeds of up to 80km/h.
“We are delighted to announce that we have begun our first full autonomous test in Australia and will soon have more fully autonomous vehicles in Australia,” the company said in a statement.
The first fully self-driven car Google tested in CaliforniaIn September, Google announced that it had been granted permission to conduct trials in California, which the company dubbed the Silicon Valley of the world.
Google had previously said that it planned to start testing the vehicle in 2020.
“We have been working closely with the California Department of Motor Vehicles for nearly a year, which allowed us to be granted this test licence,” the statement said.
“California is the most exciting state in the world for autonomous vehicle development and our tests will be a great step towards the first fully driverless vehicles on the roads of California.”
Google has also launched a new project, the Google Car Project, which aims to build an autonomous car in a decade.
The car project will be led by Google’s chief technology officer, Raj Nair, and will include autonomous vehicle projects from Ford, Tesla and Toyota.
Google said it would spend $US10 billion to build the project, which it hopes will create 100,000 jobs over the next two decades.
“This project will deliver 100,00 jobs, which translates into billions of dollars,” Google said.
In the United States, Google has said it plans to test a fleet of self-driving cars by 2021, although the company has yet to make that announcement.
Google, which has already made investments in self-Driving Car Technologies, is looking to partner with automakers to develop fully autonomous driving technology in Australia, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Nissan Leaf.
The autonomous vehicle companies are expected to work together to build fully autonomous cars, although it is not yet clear how that will work.
The move will be welcomed by the industry.
Australian politicians are also keen to see self-racing cars on Australian roadways.
In October, Australian MP David Leyonhjelm introduced legislation that would require that fully-driving vehicles be built in the country, including fully autonomous systems, before they could be exported.
“If it’s not safe, if it’s dangerous, it’s bad for the Australian car industry,” Mr Leyonam said at the time.
Self-driving cars are not newIn January, Google confirmed it had a fully self driving system on test in the United Kingdom.