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Adorable Google Self-Driving Car Spotted on Multiple Occasions with No Steering Wheel

Google has been showing off its driverless car technology for some years. There was one prototype based on the Lexus RX and quite a few more derived from the Prius. However, all these vehicles had a steering wheel, just in case the computers called it quits.
Adorable Google Self-Driving Car Spotted on Multiple Occasions with No Steering Wheel 5 photos
Adorable Google Self-Driving Car Spotted on Multiple Occasions with No Steering WheelAdorable Google Self-Driving Car Spotted on Multiple Occasions with No Steering WheelAdorable Google Self-Driving Car Spotted on Multiple Occasions with No Steering WheelAdorable Google Self-Driving Car Spotted on Multiple Occasions with No Steering Wheel
But all that changed with the launch of the first fully autonomous prototype that doesn't have a steering wheel. Essentially, passengers are strapped and sent out to discover automobiles can be much safer if you eliminate the middle man.

Over the past month or so, there has been a surge of sightings of the car on the streets near Mountain View, California. According to Search Engine Roundtable, some prototypes are venturing outside of the GooglePlex and also driving in nearby town and cities.

Amusingly, these photos of the Google car also end up on Goolge+, where people are expressing their bewilderment over the lack of a steering wheel.

We petrolheads will forever complain about the fact a future where driving autonomous seems boring and cold. Sure, we won't be able to drift, but how many of us have an S2000 or RX-8 as a daily machine?

The self-driving car could allow you to one day say "Go home Google, I'm drunk". Yes, you could have all sorts of adult fun and never have to worry about breaking the law or getting pulled over by the police.

The only real obstacle standing in the tech giant's way right now is the legal one. How many people will try to scam one of the world's richest companies by intentionally jumping in front of the car? Do regulators trust these computers as much as they do us fleshy beings?

The head of the Google self-driving car project says that over 90% of all accidents are caused by human error. That adds to about 33,000 people per year in America, lives that could be saved if we give up our passion for driving. We'll let you decide if that's a fair trade, not before admitting that we find Google's little toy on wheels absolutely adorable. It must be the round headlights and tiny wheels...

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