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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car: VIDEO

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Google unveiled its self-driving car yesterday at Recode's Code Conference in Southern California, Mashable reports:

Brin described riding in the car, which in one test was programmed via smartphone, as "relaxing," and similar to catching a chairlift. He added that the car will eventually go up to 100 mph once it's proven to be able to travel safely at that speed.

Watch the company's video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I hope google has good insurance to cover accidents during the early phase of working out the bugs.

    Posted by: Perry | May 28, 2014 9:39:21 AM


  2. So what? A self-driving car?? I was promised a FLYING CAR for the 21st century, it's 2014 the tires on this little sucker don't even leave the ground?

    Get with the program and get me my damn flying car!

    Posted by: Elsewhere1010 | May 28, 2014 9:43:16 AM


  3. There will always be situations where manual control will be needed, so not to include a steering wheel or brake/gas system is just...dumb. Things break.

    Posted by: Rick | May 28, 2014 9:54:29 AM


  4. If it can cope with Vancouver style traffic and drivers sign me up for one.

    Posted by: Tone | May 28, 2014 10:18:28 AM


  5. Eventually, self-driving cars will change everything, especially after there are enough of them to allow making them mandatory on most roads at most times. At that point, the accident rate will drop to almost nothing. Traffic congestion will disappear, as will stoplights and stop signs. Fuel efficiency will increase. Searching for a parking spot will be a thing of the past.

    Posted by: Merv | May 28, 2014 10:35:27 AM


  6. Perry, the few accidents Google has dealt with since testing and mapping self-driving vehicles have all been due to the fault of human drivers around it.

    I'm not saying there will be no accidents once self-driving vehicles is more of a thing, but accidents will be far less likely once we can get humans away from the wheel.

    Posted by: Evan C | May 28, 2014 11:07:45 AM


  7. I would have thought Google had more style than that.

    Posted by: Bubba | May 28, 2014 11:42:48 AM


  8. Success and production of this vehicle will make it possible for everybody to spend ALL the time texting, tweeting and whatever folks do already.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | May 28, 2014 12:03:50 PM


  9. This reminds me of the Segway, a geeky toy for the rich that bureaucrats all over the land are going to ban as a potential menace to public order.

    Posted by: anon | May 28, 2014 12:41:18 PM


  10. This will help with sales of their self-driving ambulance and self-driving hearse. They're also working on a self-zipping body bag and a self-burying casket.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | May 28, 2014 12:45:25 PM


  11. Looks physically like the love child of a recent VW Beetle and a Smartcar. But the idea is good, although a lot of drivers who actually enjoy driving are not going to take too easily to this. Will going from people-driven cars to these be like prohibiting cigarette smoking in all public places? Or would this become a new form of public transportation (like a personal bus… or chauffeur-driven limo)? Love the idea that an unsighted person (or other handicapped people) would discover a whole new freedom with this.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | May 28, 2014 12:55:03 PM


  12. We were promised a more futuristic future growing up. All we got was two men on a wedding cake and faux acceptance.

    Posted by: geb | May 28, 2014 8:03:34 PM


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