How does a Google Self-Driving Car work in the city?

Google have released the above video showing what they’ve been up to over the past year or so with their self-driving cars.

With thousands of miles logged on the streets of Mountain View, California they’re concentrating on city driving, which are much more complex than motorway driving, with all the distractions and things happening.

According to Google, their software can now detect hundreds of distinct objects simultaneously—pedestrians, buses, a stop sign held up by a crossing guard, or a cyclist making gestures that indicate a possible turn. They’ve also encountered thousands of different situations, and have built software models of what to expect, from the likely (a car stopping at a red light) to the unlikely (driving straight through it).

Watch the video above of one of their vehicles navigating the roads around the Googleplex in California, which shows how the car handles some common scenarios.