Google's self-driving car has no steering wheel
Google's self-driving car has no steering wheel
2:55

Google's self-driving car has no steering wheel

Tech Industry
Who needs Oober when Google can give you a ride. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC]. Google revealed a new twist on its self driving car project. If a car doesn't need a driver. It also doesn't need a steering wheel or gas pedals. That's the idea with Google's new two-seater prototype. Once you get in, just buckle up and type in your destination on the smartphone app. It will use sensors to safely avoid obstacles in the road. And if at any time there's a problem, well there is an emergency stop button and you can reactivate your trip with a go button. It has plenty of time to judge traffic and avoid obstacles, because it only travels at a max speed of 25 miles an hour, and that's safe but it's not a practical speed limit for everyday use. And it can't go on highways. So for now, you can just think of it as more of a futuristic personal shuttle, to chauffeur you to between buildings on a work campus or university campus. Google would like for you to be able to buy one in three to six years, but there's also the issue of a little thing called laws. The few states that do allow for self-driving cars, require a human behind the wheel to take over in an emergency. It may not look like a very safe car from the outside, and you are putting your life in the hands of a robot that's using Google maps. But hey, it looks like it has a cute little face with a nose and a mouth so that should help ease your fears. Now you won't be able to auto pilot your car anytime soon. But auto translating a video call, well that's another matter. Microsoft will be rolling out a real time language translation feature on Skype by the end of the year, it's called Skype translator. Now there was this live demo on stage during a Rico conference. Where Skype quickly translated a conversation between two people speaking English and German. [FOREIGN] Is it true that you were soon moving to London? We're getting just a bit closer to a Star Trek future. Now, if only Microsoft could make a food replicator. So, Google's working on taking cars to the next level and Microsoft has the next level of video communication. But over at Samsung? It wants to improve health tracking technology. It's working on better sensors that go into wrist band health trackers. And a better way to collect a ton of data about your body and share it with you and doctors. They call their device the SIMBand, but this is not for sale, it's for other companies to build off of. The point is that maybe we can have a wristband that makes real sense about our body's health. Instead of just getting points for how many steps we took in a day. That's your Tech News Update. You can find more details on these stories at cnet.com and be sure to follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline
ud113016.jpg

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen
ud112916.jpg

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens
ud112816.jpg

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving
ud1123162.jpg

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving

Facebook drone accident under investigation
ud112216.jpg

Facebook drone accident under investigation

Facebook needs you to fight fake news
ud112116.jpg

Facebook needs you to fight fake news

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent
ud111816.jpg

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?
ud111716.jpg

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing
ud111616.jpg

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing

Nintendo puts a price on Super Mario Run (and the Switch?)
ud1115162.jpg

Nintendo puts a price on Super Mario Run (and the Switch?)

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch
iphone-15-pro-max-7-months-later

We Revisit the iPhone 15 Pro Max, 7 Months After Its Launch

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Apple and Disney's Unique Bond: Why Vision Pro Needs the Mouse
240411-site-can-disney-save-the-apple-vision-pro-v1

Apple and Disney's Unique Bond: Why Vision Pro Needs the Mouse

Sony ULT Wear Headphones Review: Evolution of Extra Bass
site-sonyultheadphone-v3

Sony ULT Wear Headphones Review: Evolution of Extra Bass

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested
240409-site-humane-ai-pin-review-v2

Humane's AI Pin: Unboxed and Tested

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used
240404-yt-xiaomi-14-ultra-camera-for-pro-v08

Xiaomi 14 Ultra Review: The Best Camera Phone I've Ever Used

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips