Google building driverless car prototype

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Google is building a driverless car, complete without a steering wheel, brake or gas pedals, the tech giant announced.

About 100 prototypes of the two-seat, electric car are expected to be on the road by next year - although they likely won't be sold publicly.

Buttons for go and stop are expected to replace the steering wheel and pedals. The top speed is about 25 mph.

Test versions, however, will have a wheel and pedals, because they must under California regulations.

With the announcement, the DMV is gearing up to develop new rules for driverless cars.

"Because of what is potentially out there soon, we need to make sure that the regulations are in place that would keep the public safe but would not impede progress," said head of the DMV's driverless car program, Bernard Soriano.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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