Pictures Inside Google's Car Reveal Future Full of Buttons
Google showed off its autonomous car in California on Saturday and the Washington Post has pictures of what the interior of the self-driving car looks like.
The pictures, which were taken at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, show the prototype’s basic layout and a screen to relay pictures from the side-view mirrors.
There is no steering wheel, nor discernible accelerator or brake in the prototype, but thankfully there are cupholders.
The cars are on display at the school to promote the search engine’s contest to decorate the prototypes as they roam California streets.
Earlier this month, Google sent two self-driving Lexus hybrid cars to Austin, Texas for mapping and testing. Last month, Google said one of its vehicles was involved in a crash in California, the 12th so far.
I despise self-driving cars because, inevitably, they will lead to dedicated lanes, dedicated parking, tax subsidies, and other encroachments upon the ability of the rest of us to use and enjoy our human-driven cars. Freaking Jamie Kitman of Automobile Mag wrote a column in which he basically shrugged and said "Oh well, guess this is the end of my career and my life's passion." We need to fight this.
Can you be arrested for drinking and riding in one of these cars? I'm thinking... If I can pour myself a whiskey or two while riding in this "thing" then I might just be a customer. My 42nd high school reunion is this year. I'd go in one of these oddballs if I can drink my way there and back. You honestly need a drink or ten to deal with the hot chicks at these events.
Google's motivation for developing a self- driving vehicle? To own your eyeballs in one of the few places that it can't right now. Trust me the following scenario will happen: You get in your car and tell it to take you to Walgreens to pick up a prescription. It plans a route that takes you past a CVS store and as you approach it flashes a coupon on your smart phone for a discount for transferring the prescription to CVS. OR: You ask it to take you to your favorite local pizza place and it takes you past a Pizza Hut while flashing a Pizza Hut ad on the screen. Welcome to marketing in the 21st century.
You thought this thread was dead. And it would be except one of these Google cars was in another crash. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/07/16/google-self-driving-car-hit-hard-yet-another-rear-end-crash/30253169/