Google's Self-Driving Car Prototype Ready to Hit the Road - IEEE Spectrum:
"The company plans to begin testing its two-seater, all-electric vehicle on public roads in Northern California starting in 2015.
the car’s final design would only have start and stop buttons for the human passengers; no wheels or gas and brake pedals. That’s a strong indication of Google’s ambitions in leaping ahead with the driverless car future.
Previous Google tests of self-driving cars—modified versions of Lexus and Toyota vehicles—have taken place with a human driver behind the wheel just in case. Google eventually hopes to test its new self-driving prototype without human drivers sometime next year. It’s negotiating with officials at NASA's 2000-acre Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, to carry outtests without human drivers on federal property as a way of dodging California state laws."