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Google's self-driving cars are 'coming soon'

A future containing self-driving cars is not very far away according to internet giant Google, which already has a prototype on the streets.

Undated handout photo issued by Google of a self-driving car on the streets of Mountain View, California

The search engine provider showed off the software it has created in a post on the company's official blog, and is testing cars on the streets of Mountain View, California.

"Our vehicles have now logged nearly 700,000 autonomous miles, and with every passing mile we're growing more optimistic that we're heading toward an achievable goal - a vehicle that operates fully without human intervention," said Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car project at Google.

The self-driving car project has been in existence for four years, and came as a response to figures that more than one million people are killed in road traffic accidents each year.