Techie Tuesday: The future is here with Google’s self driving pod car!


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Tech reporter Doug Newcomb says, “I’ve ridden in several different self-driving cars, but Google’s was different.”

“When I got a chance to ride in the company’s pod-like self-driving car prototype on the roof of its facility in Mountain View, California earlier this week, it was easy to imagine it being a normal form of personal transportation in the future.”

“Nextcar Bug artThe vehicle, which was fully autonomous—no human driver, steering wheel, or gas and brake pedals—reminded me of a (very slow) carnival ride. Maybe that’s because the Googler who made sure I was safely settled into the vehicle said, “Buckle up, hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, and enjoy the ride!” before shutting the door. Or perhaps because Google had set up obstacles for the vehicle, such as a person walking or a cyclist riding into its path, which were reminiscent of mechanical goblins that pop up unexpectedly in a haunted house attraction.” read more

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