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Have you ever seen a Google self-driving car?

I have.  Here's the story of the one I saw.  It was a typical Thursday commute in Silicon Valley.  I was heading northbound on Highway 280 going from Cupertino to Los Altos.  This is a 4 lane highway that meanders through the hills of the San Francisco Peninsula.  Lo and behold, I come up on a grey Toyota Prius with the words "Google Self-Driving Car" on the lower body trim.  It had a thing on the top that looked like a narrow ski rack and a camera much smaller than the ones they use for taking pictures for StreetView.

The car was in the 2nd lane and driving at exactly the speed limit.  It had a wide gap between it and the next car.  When traffic slowed, it slowed down too.  There was a driver in the driver's seat but he appeared to be doing something that looked like reading.  The car was...driving itself.

Personally, I'm impressed by these things and see the potential of what they offer.  Instead of driving, I can be doing all sorts of other things with the time I'm in the car. Why drive when I can do get some work done or whatever else I need to get done?  Plus, with the automation, I think we'll have far fewer accidents and much more efficient traffic flow.  That's just a theory on my part.

Anyway, pay attention to the roads.  Watch out for your own self-driving car sighting.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsBryan Robertson • March 10 2012 07:42AM


Bryan ~ I remember reading an article about this idea a couple of years ago when they were testing this, "Application", if you will over in Japan. Technology continues to improve and I look forward to the day when I can get in the Car and just tell it where to go... :)

Posted by Jon Eliason (EXIT Realty Advantage Pagosa, Pagosa Springs, Colorado) almost 7 years ago

With as much trouble as I have with my computer and with Google, I think that day will be the time I get off the roads and become a hermit.

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) almost 7 years ago

Bryan, That's so interesting.  I never thought I'd see the day when we turned into the Jetsons!

Posted by Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) almost 7 years ago

Bryan - I used to pine for designer suits and killer spike heels shoes, but, give me a Google driven car any day now!  I lust for one, want one! 

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) almost 7 years ago

I can't even imagine................wow, what next?

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Hi Bryan - I have not seen the car yet in person, as I think it is only licensed for road use in California.  However, I wonder if Google has started to work on driving the car in adverse conditions - fog, snow, slush, sleet, heavy rain, night etc.

Posted by FN LN almost 7 years ago

Wow, what will they thingk of next.  Looks like the future is here already in cars.,

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) almost 7 years ago

Bryan - Now this is not April Fools Day yet... LOL.  I would love to see this car and see it in motion. I'd probably have a wreck watching it!  I'm going to Google it now for more details.  Very cool my friend.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Bryan - I've never seen that one, but I have seen the camera cars a couple of times - I made sure to wave. I wonder how these cars will function in complicated traffic situations - it's going to be interesting watching this technology develop.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 7 years ago

Bryan.  I think I would have exited at the first opportunity.  I think I saw something about this on one of those great news shows.  It is amazing how we have made objects so intelligent.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 7 years ago

Bryan- We have a Prius but it's just us driving it.  I've not heard of this but that would be really helpful for some in our area... those who can no longer drive, or at least shouldn't be driving. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Cool and scary all at the same time!  I am loving technology these days.  Vacuum robots so I don't have to are great too.  :)

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) almost 7 years ago

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