[Zoi Leoudaki]: The well-known company Google is testing driverless cars on the streets of California and Nevada. Until now, Google had been using regular cars with a steering wheel and pedals and a driver ready to take control. However, last week, it presented a completely different model. The passenger types the address of their destination into the car’s computer, and the car does the rest. So, the passenger simply gets in and enjoys the ride. They can also watch the vehicle’s progress on an electronic screen. The top speed the car can reach is 40 kilometers per hour. The director of Google’s self-driving car project, Chris Armstrong, emphasizes that this is a prototype car. [Chris Armstrong]: These vehicles give us the opportunity to experiment and see what it means to have such a car. So, they are functional prototypes. [Zoi Leoudaki]: Armstrong explains that Google aims to create a car that a user can call like a taxi and tell it where they want to go, in other words, a kind of self-driving taxi. Zoran Filipi, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Klasοn in Southern California, believes that driverless vehicles will be on the roads by 2020. [Zoran Filipi]: The passenger won’t need to drive and will be able to do whatever they want inside the car. The cars will manage traffic on the roads safely. [Zoi Leoudaki]: Filipi adds that such a car is good for long distances on large highways. Also, it will provide the passenger with the ability to regain control as they approach their destination. Google is expected to create about 100 self-driving cars and test them on the roads of California. If all goes well, a driving license might soon become an old-fashioned idea. Zoi Leoudaki, VOA, Washington