It’s always nice when another company promotes your product.
The infographic (below) specialists at Visual.ly (via Gas 2) recently decided to tackle Google’s self-driving car prototype. In addition to testing modified production cars, the tech giant built this cute pod with no steering wheel and a front end made of soft foam.
The creators of this graphic believe Google’s car will “change the world” by reducing pollution through efficient driving, and reducing urban congestion by communicating with other cars so the entire mass of traffic can be choreographed.
That assumes self-driving cars work as well en masse as they have in testing and simulations. This utopian vision is also reliant on government’s ability to regulate autonomous vehicles, carmakers’ ability to make them durable and reliable, and people’s ability to accept the fact that there may be no one to punish after future car crashes.
Google also has to find someone to build its self-driving car. So far, it hasn’t shown any interest in becoming a carmaker itself, and established car companies–including Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Tesla–that are working with the technology are taking a more conservative approach.