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    Google’s Plan for Self-driving Cars May Have Finally Been Exposed…



    Google’s self-driving cars look ridiculous by today’s standards. They’re tiny, the design is peculiar and the shape is odd. But those funny-looking cars are the future, and that future is going to arrive sooner than you might think.

    While Google has been reasonably open during the development of its new autonomous car technology, the company’s specific plans for these cars remain a mystery. However, new claims from a venture capitalist may have just pulled back the curtain on Google’s plans, and they may be even more ground-breaking than we thought.

    Draper Fisher Jurvetson partner Steve Jurvetson recently appeared on Bloomberg West, and he had some truly interesting things to say about Google’s self-driving cars.

    The source of his information is unclear, but Jurvetson spoke very matter-of-factly about Google’s plans, claiming that the company is considering an app and service called “Free Ride” that would allow users to hail a self-driving Google taxi and take a ride for free.

    “Google may very well beat them at their own game because they can get down to zero. They can take zero cut and offer a free app, which they are considering launching, called Free Ride, so this game could get very interesting,” Jurvetson said.

    When asked to clarify,Jurvetson continued, “They are considering it. They’re debating it. They’re on the fence as to whether they should offer it. But the go to market would be, offer the free app, get people used to it while there are still human drivers, and then flip them over to the Google autonomous cars.”

    From the sound of it, presuming the VC indeed has inside information, Google is considering an ad-based taxi service that would give users free rides. The leap from Jurvetson claims to advertising is a fairly short one, considering Google’s business model. The service would initially utilize human drivers and then move to autonomous vehicles once the technology is ready for prime time.





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    This is what the inside of Google’s new self-driving car looks like



    Over the past few months, Google has begun rolling out a new prototype of its self-driving car. You might have seen photos of the cars online, but over the weekend, Google visited the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California for the first public showing of the car.

    Not only did attendees get to see the car up close, but they were actually able to peer inside to see what the interior of a self-driving car looks like. The Washington Post was fortunate enough to receive photos from those in attendance, so now the whole world can see exactly what Google has been working on.







    The showing was apparently part of a project called ‘Paint the Town,’ in which Google is “inviting artists in California to submit art to be featured on our self-driving prototype vehicles for a month or more later this year.”

    There’s no telling how far off we are from a final model of the self-driving car, but it’s certainly beginning to look like something you wouldn’t be surprised to see in a parking lot.




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