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Bats, armadillos, music, Lady Bird Lake and more. We saw many iconic symbols of Austin represented in the submissions for Paint the Town: Austin! Take a look at the final selected artwork from Anna Vaught, Andy Nelson, Annette Neu, Catherine Malloy, Cathy Carr Haynes, Florence Swanson, Tracy Greene, Sondra Vine, Gwen Dennis, and Christiana Guzman at, and keep an eye out for their designs on our prototype vehicles early next year.

Thank you to everyone who submitted artwork, and everyone who came to our Paint the Town pop-up gallery at Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour over the weekend. It’s been such a pleasure getting to meet more Austinites!
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I live in Florida, am disabled from a head-on car crash and can't wait for a self - driving car. I will be a great market for Google! 
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Our prototype vehicles have gotten a new look thanks to our Paint the Town: Mountain View artists! It's been so exciting to have local artists leave their own mark on our vehicles. Here's a preview of some of the cars in our garage. We'll be posting more images of each car in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for those! In the meantime, take a closer look at each piece of artwork at
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Rounded for safety reasons and small for space efficient use of parking and freeway use.
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Halloween’s a great time to get some extra learning done. This week, lots of little ghouls, superheroes and even robots were running around Google with their families, so we asked them to hang out around our parked cars. This gives our sensors and software extra practice at recognizing children in all their unique shapes and sizes, even when they're in odd costumes.  

We teach our cars to drive more cautiously around children. When our sensors detect children—costumed or not—in the vicinity, our software understands that they may behave differently. Children's movements can be more unpredictable—suddenly darting across the road or running down a sidewalk—and they’re easily obscured behind parked cars. So even if our cars can’t quite appreciate the effort the kids put in dressing as their favorite character from Frozen, they’re still paying full attention!   
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How can you see for yourself what the google car is like? This question wasn't on the Q&A page they have on their website. 
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Hey Austinites, there's just two weeks left to join Paint the Town: Austin! Head over to by to submit art to be featured on our prototype vehicles. Submissions accepted through November 1, 2015.

Check out some of the selected artwork from Paint the Town: Mountain View for inspiration! We're excited to see what you'll submit.
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I can't wait for this technology to be available. I think driving is such a waste of time. This is going to be great. Thanks, Google.
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A few weeks ago, we brought our prototype vehicle to +Thinkery in Austin and entertained lots of fun questions from kids and families. Now, a few of our prototype vehicles—also known by our neighbors as the koala cars, panda balls and many other names—have joined our Lexus vehicles on Austin’s city streets!

We’re excited for this next step and look forward to learning even more as we drive around town with our test drivers on board. If you see us on the road and have any feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out at

And, if you’re an artist in Austin, join Paint the Town: Austin and submit art to be placed on our prototype vehicles! Up to 5 pieces will be selected to go on the cars and all selected artists will also get a ride in one of our self-driving vehicles. Submit your artwork by November 1, 2015 at
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Personally, I call it "The Google Self-Driving Marshmallow-Mobile".
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There are less than two weeks left to submit art for Paint the Town, our moving art experiment inviting artists in California to create art for our prototype vehicles. Head over to our website to join the experiment before the submission period closes on August 30!
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Have them in circles
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Driving too slowly? Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often.

We’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.  

Like this officer, people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project. After 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving (that’s the human equivalent of 90 years of driving experience), we’re proud to say we’ve never been ticketed!

Update: credit to +Aleksandr Milewski for capturing the moment.
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is it only running in US right now?
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We saw lots of awesome costumes this past Halloween weekend, but we've got a soft spot for this one from 9-year-old Mountain View resident, Téa.

We first met Téa a few months ago at a community event we hosted for Paint the Town: Mountain View. Inspired by the art contest, Téa got creative and transformed herself into a Google self-driving car with her grandfather's help. Here's what she calls "Happy Car", complete with working headlights, windshield wipers and even a sensor for the top of her head!  

We're getting ready to dress up our fleet of prototype vehicles too. The artwork selected from Paint the Town: Mountain View ( will start to appear on our cars in the next few days. We can't wait to see how the cars look with art on them!
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No U!
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Drivers? Where we're going, we don't need drivers!
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RUFUS!!!! Such a natural talent. 
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We launched Paint the Town: Mountain View to invite our neighbors to transform our prototype vehicles into public art. It’s been so exciting reviewing the submissions, and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined our art experiment—we’re so honored that you participated!

We've selected ten pieces of art that will be placed on our prototype vehicles in Mountain View, along with honorable mentions. We’re excited to introduce everyone to our friends and neighbors: Kerrie Brandau, Inmaculada del Castillo Ditzel, Danielle Dufayet, Shalan Ertis, Jason Farwell, Hojin Lee, Hong Li, James Miles, Elise Politzer, Kate Thompson, Maya Babiszewska and Brian Corral

Over the weekend, we hosted an Open Garage for residents in Mountain View and all the selected artists joined us for rides in the car. They also looked at the first mock-ups of each piece of art on the prototype vehicle. Be sure to check out all the artwork, as well as links to everyone's personal websites, at And of course, keep an eye out for the art appearing on our cars in Mountain View later this year!

If you live in Austin, join Paint the Town: Austin and leave your own mark on our prototype vehicles. Details are at We’re excited to see what you dream up!
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Elders as well should be very interested in this product. We all get clumsy with age.

I expect them to be on the roads sooner than 8/10 years. Regulations may help setting an affordable price. The more cars allowed, the cheaper, thus the best for the consumer.
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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? 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 (, and we’ll see you on the road!
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Who well does it
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It’s summertime, so millions of Americans are packing up the car and hitting the road—and so are we! We’ve chosen Austin, Texas, as a new testing location for our project, and one of our Lexus SUVs is there now, with safety drivers aboard, driving a few square miles north and northeast of downtown Austin. It’s important for us to get experience testing our software in different driving environments, traffic patterns and road conditions—so we’re ready to take on Austin’s pedicabs, pickup trucks, and everything in between. Keep it weird for us, Austin, and visit our website to let us know how we’re driving. 
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Making it safer, easier and more enjoyable to get around.
Our goal is to make it easier and safer for everyone to get around one day. To start, we’re building a prototype vehicle that's designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button—no driving required.