Google's Self-Driving Car Has No Pedals, Steering Wheel

May 28, 2014


And why should it? If it's self-driving you don't NEED pedals or a steering wheel. Those are just things people use to crash into stuff while they're texting. This is the latest Google prototype for a self-driving vehicle. It's a two-seater that tops out at 25MPH. Not exactly highways speeds, but I can't believe people in Smart Cars and those little Fiats get on the highway either. The only time I feel safe on the highway is when I'm in an actual tank. "So you have never felt safe on the highway." Only in my dreams.

Designed and built by Google from the ground up, it's not just a self-driving car, but a true driverless car. A tiny, bubble-shaped two-seater, it's designed to pick people up at Point A and deposit them at Point B without any intervention on their part. Just set the destination and push the "go" button and you're free to look out the windows, read a book, work on their laptops, or go to sleep. No driver's license needed.

Perhaps more importantly: no ownership needed. Google envisions a future in which people simply order a self-driving car when they need one. When they arrive at their destination, they hop out and the car goes on its way, like a taxi service.

Hey, it's a step in the right direction. And that direction is being able sleep and/or fool around with your girlfriend/boyfriend and not have to drive. Still, they gave the car a face, but why isn't it smiling? He should be happy. He looks like the car in front of him just farted and he's holding his breath. Nobody wants to ride in a car that's about to pass out.

Keep going for a worthwhile video demo. SPOILER: The interior looks nice and spacious.

Thanks to Irina, who agrees cars that can drive themselves are cool, but jetpacks that could do the same would be even cooler.

  • So this is the future!

  • We talked about this article on our podcast, TLDR :)

  • Lu Cho

    So, what measures does the user has to control the car if it's navigation sistem fails?

  • David Chambers

    No more accidents in China...

  • MustacheHam

    Seems useful for those unable to operate a vehicle - disability/elderly. looks like a koala bear.

  • PowerGloveKid

    this car was in a episode of eureka

  • Kaizer Chief

    Brilliant idea (for alleviating all the traffic problems caused by old people and soccer moms).

  • asdfasdfasdf

    somehow i can't help reading "no steering wheel, no pedals" as no manual overrides, no failsafes

    i shouldn't have had to say that it should be in the article already, but no, you just make fun of the face....
    you're letting us down gw, you're supposed to hate robots not have sex in them while they do their sinister thing.
    I miss the old dino fucking bot smashing penis joking morbidly obese gw

  • asdfasdfasdf

    google envisions us in a future where ownership of cars is obsolete, where we are entirely dependent on THEM for travel of any real distance. google wants to bring back the iron curtain, they control the information, from that they control the elections. and now they want the travel too. they'll know everywhere we go within a certain radius(we can only walk so far in so much time)

  • zin

    We, the people, wouldn't let another Iron Curtain happen. Google has gained a bit of my trust, but should they attempt to monopolize the betterment of the human world, I will be first in line to stand against these Decepticons wearing Google masks.

  • Zirthran

    wake up dude!

  • asdfasdfasdf

    no manual overrides, no failsafes

  • Iknowyou

    I clicked on a link in article about a guy playing a Slayer song on a bango and this is where it brought me.

  • Octo

    Is the wuss look really necessary? Lose the "face"...make it look futuristic and cool.

  • HackTheGibson

    what happens when the address does not match up with GPS? Our work address is off by about 350 yards. What about driveways, parking lots...?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Just tell it to drive more 350 yards?

  • Royalblueduck

    Coming next Christmas 2015

  • Zirthran

    So... Google car has Windows!!?

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  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    The horrible truth is, even with computer crashes and potential security problems, these would almost certainly be safer than human drivers. It would still be the most utterly boring way to travel though.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Good for tourism.

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