In the May announcement, Chris Urmson, director of the Google self-driving car project, said the prototypes would include a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal. Now we get to see what that looks like. You’ll notice the big red button in the car. (I think we all know what that’s for.)
Of course, this is just a prototype. So the final version of a self-driving car could look significantly different. But it’s interesting to see inside Google’s current vision.
Saturday’s event was part of Google’s Paint the Town project, in which California artists are encouraged to submit artwork to be featured on the vehicles. Google is clearly dedicated to making sure the cars appear harmless and friendly, so as not to sabotage adoption of the new technology.