We spent Saturday at +Thinkery
, a children's museum in Austin, and couldn’t have had more fun! We brought along our prototype vehicle and Lexus SUV, and hung out to answer questions about our project and learn what Austinites think of it so far.
Here were some of our favorite moments:
1. We heard from kids that our prototype vehicle looks like a gumdrop, an owl, a rock with a face on it, an ant, a bug, a moving living room, a computer mouse, a car with top hat... and our personal favorite: “the future.”
2. We invited everyone to tell us what they'd do with a self-driving car. Two of the most popular answers? Eating tacos and reading.
3. We also got some really fantastic questions. Does the prototype have windshield wipers? Yes, but not on the windshield. They’re on our sensors—our car’s “eyes”. Does the car have an eject button? Well...no. When can I get in one? We’re working on it!
Another highlight of the weekend was Mayor Steve Adler’s announcement that we’ll be bringing a few of our prototypes to town for testing. In the next few weeks, they’ll be out navigating the same area north and northeast of downtown where our Lexus vehicles have been self-driving for the last couple of months (both vehicles will continue to have test drivers aboard). Austinites, please keep sharing your thoughts with us on our website (www.google.com/selfdrivingcar
), and we’ll see you on the road!