Posted Wednesday, May 28th 2014 @ 5pm by Matt Cantor, Newser Staff
(NEWSER) – Google has turned Toyotas and Lexus SUVs into self-driving vehicles, but its latest car takes the driverless project to the next level.
The company built the bug-like contraption from the ground up, and it has no steering wheel, gas pedal, or—perhaps most worryingly for some—brakes (though there is an "e-stop button," the New York Times notes).
But the car's also got improved sensors that allow it to "see" to a distance of two football fields, and Google says it's essentially free from blind spots.
Recode dubs it "a gondola with wheels," while the Verge sees it as some kind of Fiat-Playmobil hybrid.