• Buford Posted: 7/9/2009 7:48am PDT

    I wouldn't get in that thing even if it was to take my dead, rotted corpse to the cemetary.

  • Ronbo13 Posted: 7/9/2009 6:27am PDT

    Design sure is easy when you use magic, isn't it? Forget what's possible. A big glass box that drives itself, with a sofa inside. Build me a prototype, then I'll be impressed. Google does things that are clever, sure. But they do it for real. Or "beta real", which is a slightly wispy and nebulous version of real (sort of "we COULD do that, if we hadn't already moved on to this other project already...")

  • Michael Posted: 7/8/2009 8:32am PDT

    I guess the train and bus would be the Microsoft version though. They take you sorta where you want to go, but not exactly; and it's on their schedule.

  • Dave Posted: 7/7/2009 10:05pm PDT

    I believe this car of the future is already in existence. It comes in two forms: The train and the bus.

  • Philip Abromats Posted: 7/7/2009 4:30pm PDT

    This will be the fruition of the nanny state. The car will follow all traffic laws to the letter. At first, you will chafe at the wheel when you are behind one in your conventional car. Eventually, there will be so many Google Cars that all the pleasure of driving for yourself will be gone, and the government may even outlaw it, because these self-driving machines will be shown to be safer. Then they will conclude there is no need for private ownership, either. Just pay a "fare" and an auto-car will be dispatched from the pool. Of course, it will be dirty and be full of graffiti, just like public transit. I actually can see the value of cars like in certain circumstances (the handicapped, drunk drivers), but God help us if this is our collective (no pun intended) future.

  • Bill Buchanan Posted: 7/7/2009 3:40pm PDT

    Futurists all make the same mistake... they take a current trend, and in a relative vacuum, extrapolate based on that one trend. This car is an example of that mistake. At least one variable they forgot to consider is that commercial trucks are getting bigger to lower the cost of transporting goods. Even a slight bump from a commercial truck in this "car of the future" would ensure death for all its occupants. It's the Pinto of the future. Of course that's just one problem with it. There will always be those who prefer the old muscle cars and will view these as mere speed bumps.

  • Jeffrey DeWitt Posted: 7/7/2009 3:15pm PDT

    That's not a car, it's a horizontal elevator.

  • papajon Posted: 7/7/2009 1:43pm PDT

    oi.... ok I'd be happy if a car could drive itself so the young ones wouldn't be sexting or whatever they are doing while driving, but c'mon dudes... wow. Uh, ok, when you want to design a vehicle for this reality, let me know.

  • StareClips Posted: 7/7/2009 12:04pm PDT

    This is the only reason I won't work at any company that is 20 minutes or more from where I live. If my car could drive me, I would be willing to work an hour or more away from my home. Then, I would be able to get a lot of work done on my laptop while my car drives me to work.

  • Steve Posted: 7/7/2009 11:16am PDT

    Why is it that every other year or so some car hating person wants to redesign the car so that it just gets us from point A to point B? And to think that riding in a car is supposed to be some social experience? I'd like to see how they pull that off when most people ride alone and the average trip is somewhere around 1/2 hour?

  • richard avatar Richard Posted: 7/7/2009 7:15am PDT

    I wonder if it would be as popular and well-designed as the G1 phone.

  • Lars H Posted: 7/7/2009 7:07am PDT

    If Google would do a car it would be in constant beta...