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April Fools: Google Autonomous NASCAR Racer

We’ll start by telling you that is filed under “April Fools” but we see things from a different perspective: as a form of protest. People have always thought that it is easy to drive a car on an oval track and while that might be true for one street car, when we’re talking about 800 hp monsters that compete against each other, things couldn’t get more difficult.
Thus, we see this as a for of protest: we can see how the drivers would say something like “if you think that racing is easy, then just let the computers handle it and see if there’s any fun in that!”

Moving past that, we’ll give you Google’s humorous point of view: “Well, our autonomous cars have now been test-driven (or rather, test-ridden) for more than 200,000 miles without a single machine-caused mishap. And today we're moving the project one great leap forward with Google Racing, a groundbreaking partnership with NASCAR to help self-driving vehicles compete in the world of stock car racing. We think the most important thing computers can do in the next decade is to drive cars-and that the most important thing Google Racing can do in the next decade is drive them, if possible, more quickly than anyone else. Or anything else.


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