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The first “real prototype” of the Google self-driving car has been unveiled, arriving with working headlights and road-legal status, according to the company. Revealed earlier on in May, Google has since refined the prototype and is now replete with a host of systems that will enable fully autonomous driving.

From an aesthetic point of view, there’s no doubt the self-driving vehicle looks the part – with rather bulbous styling and cutesy details. The prototype still comes with a steering wheel and throttle but only because of the strict Californian laws which necessitate the inclusion.

Topping out at around 40 km/h, the prototype is the first purpose-built vehicle by Google. Previously, the firm has experimented with its autonomous technology using a fleet comprising of an Audi TT along with a number of Toyota Prius and Lexus RX test cars.

All in all, the team has recorded close to one million miles (1.6 million kilometres) worth of testing on Californian roads. Apart from California, three other states have given the green light for autonomous driving to feature on its roads – Florida, Nevada and Michigan.

However, the laws differ with California being the strictest. To operate an autonomous vehicle in the Golden State, test drivers have to be in their seats at all times and possess a clean driving record. Drivers must also complete a training programme.

Companies testing out autonomous technology are required by Californian laws to file a report each time said vehicle disconnects from its autonomous setup, no matter if it’s from the driver intervening or a software glitch. Google will now further refine the car on track before taking it on public roads in 2015.