Google’s self-driving cars are on the loose. Heading them out to chart less known territory, Google chose Austin, Texas as the new destination for the tiny pads.
As of July, the autonomous Google cars have been present in Austin. The latest news out of the Texan city comes from the children’s museum, where the self-driving cars were brought for a short pit-stop.
The children were enchanted to see the Google prototypes and challenged the team with an abundance of questions regarding the koala resembling autonomous cars. Unburdened by the worries of the adult mind, ridden with safety regulations and state legislations, the children were really drawn to the driving pods, asking very mindful questions and making the funniest associations.
So what does the Google autonomous car resemble? According to the children, a computer mouse, a gumdrop, the koala bear. And…a living room or a room on wheels. As the self-driving cars researched by Google do not need any human attention or input except perhaps for dictating a destination, the children decreed that they can be used as a leisure room during their trips. Here, activities such as eating and reading and doing homework would be the norm.
These guesses are not too far from what Google has in mind when thinking self-driving, autonomous cars. Enjoy the ride and carry on with daily activities while the vehicle takes you from point A to point B.
Another interesting question coming from the young audience concerned the windshield wipers of Google’s autonomous cars. Where are they? Did you ever ask yourself this question? As there is no driver and you don’t need the clarity of vision vital when driving a conventional vehicle, the windshield wipers are cleaning the autonomous car’s eyes: its sensors.
The young inquirers brought up a series of interesting debate topics for the Google team. Perhaps, as Google brings more of the prototypes in Austin, to follow in the road tracks of the Lexus SUVs, the young explorers will get to know them even better.
Both the koala resembling Google self-driving cars and the Lexus SUVs will be taking to the roads in the north and northeast of Austin. Of course, as always, Google is inviting the residents of the area to provide any feedback they see fit concerning the autonomous vehicle prototypes.
Google started testing its self-driving cars in 2009. This summer, the first vehicles without a steering wheel took to the roads of Mountain View, California, home to the tech giant.
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