Take a ride in Google's self-driving car [Video]

We’ve been hearing about Google’s self-driving car for quite some time now. They’ve caused their controversies, they’ve been the butt of their share of Skynet jabs, but at TED this year, people are getting to test-drive (test-ride, really) the machines from our futuristic dreams, and they’re taking video.

According to a Twitter post from Scobleizer One of these lucky passengers posted his ride to YouTube, and we’ll post it below for your viewing pleasure. The passengers were told they would be getting a chilled out, 5-10 mph, stroll through the parking lot. What actually happened was quite different. (Video has some NSFW language)

Self-driving cars is one of those technologies, much like flying cars, that we all wished would magically appear the dawn of the new century, but didn’t. It’s hard to understand what exactly Google plans to do with the tech, as foisting robot cars on the highway systems of the world is no small feat. IBM has already stated that it will use its similarly magical Ken Jennings-destroyer Watson AI to help in medical diagnostics, and that makes them a little less scary. Google hasn’t mentioned any such applications, and we hope they do soon. 

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rippleman said,
why the need for high acceleration and wheel squealing?

because other self driving cars like one from MIT can do this in slow speed. that's why i think.

I'm curious to how laws would work out if one day self driving cars were to work there way into mainstream....

It would give a whole new meaning to being a 'DD'
"Who is our DD tonight?"
"My car, let's go!"

I wonder if you could still get a DUI if you aren't technically driving, or behind the wheel and in the backseat.. Food for though.

Anyone notice the hover-view of this sensor? How is this possible? Helicopter or is that the Satellite hover-view?

Krome said,
Anyone notice the hover-view of this sensor? How is this possible? Helicopter or is that the Satellite hover-view?

That's just a visualisation of the sensor data. You don't need an overhead view to do it.

He is most likely just keeping his hands very close to the wheel to take control if the car goes bat sh** crazy.

Conjor said,
He is most likely just keeping his hands very close to the wheel to take control if the car goes bat sh** crazy.

The Google car is only allowed on the road if a human can take over at any point.

Choto Cheeta said,
Google official video having the "f" word ??? Shame shame shame...

Ooh, offensive eh? Come on, it's only a word. And it isn't an official video!

Choto Cheeta said,
Google official video having the "f" word ??? Shame shame shame...
I don't think its an official Google video, I think it's a video about Google's self driving car.

Choto Cheeta said,
Google official video having the "f" word ??? Shame shame shame...

Won't someone think of the children?!

Choto Cheeta said,
Google official video having the "f" word ??? Shame shame shame...

Quote from the article: "One of these lucky passengers posted his ride to YouTube, and we'll post it below for your viewing pleasure"

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Pffft all it does is record the drivers actions and plays them back to the car. Big Deal.

Unlikely, otherwise it would be quite dangerous it needs to account for any changes in conditions.etc

If it was just a playback and the car wasn't in exactly the right place at the start I can imagine it would be rather disastrous.

Although Ideally it would have been good to get a PIP of the drivers hands showing on the video so that we can be 100% sure he wasn't performing any intervention.