Google retire the sympathetic prototype Firefly driving autonomous


The cute two-seater will disappear from the streets.

Although it really has been in use a very short time, because Google presented in 2014, the small prototype that uses the project Waymo Google has been removed from the project. This was without a doubt the prototype of driving an autonomous more recognizable than existed, since it was not only the only model created ex profeso for this task, without being based on any tourism on the market today, but which had a peculiar form of bubble that even the most profane recognized instantly.

Christened Firefly, the small vehicle could not reach speeds higher than 25 miles per hour or 40 km/h, so that as the vehicle tests can not compete against the main part of the fleet test of Waymo, the 600 units of the Chrysler Pacifica, which were presented at the end of last year.

In fact, one of the best anecdotes of the Google Firefly is that it has the dubious honour of having been the first, and probably only prototype driving autonomous, has been detained by the authorities of traffic by going too slow. This was taking place in California at the end of 2015 and protagonizaba one of the images of the year, which you can see under these lines, which is seen as an agent has stopped to the vehicle from Google after forming a queue of cars due to their low speed on that road (just 1 km from the headquarters of Google), even though the company itself stated after that had never been fined, revealing that it had only been a warning issued by the agent.


The famous snapshot, which probably pass to the history of autonomous vehicles.

Designed in 2013, the Google Firefly never aimed to be a vehicle manufacturing in mass, or even serve as a basis for the development of another model. The function of the Firefly, also called Koala bear by the media, was to create a platform with which to be able to experience the numerous elements of a real vehicle driving a complete self-contained, not a current vehicle adapted with one of these systems.

so the engineers had to start from a blank paper and try to answer questions as seemingly simple as where to locate the sensors or such as to present a cabin that did not have the controls standard, such as the steering wheel or the pedals. It is precisely his condition of primitive prototype driving autonomous was the reason he did not surpass 40 km/h, for safety.

Was designed in California but built in Michigan and in these years, Firefly has achieved some feats that have gone fairly unnoticed, as you have made the first road trip fully autonomously, which took place on 20 October 2015, while carrying an occupant blind. In these years, the fleet of the Firefly have travelled millions of kilometers, which have provided many data of incalculable value to the project.


the interior of The Firefly does not have steering wheel or dashboard.

The destination of these units will be the museum, although in October, marking the second anniversary of that first trip, in Austin, Texas, so that the Firefly will be present at the event. Other units will be exposed in the various museums on both sides of the Atlantic.