Google’s Schmidt wants to put you in a self-driving car
Google executives never miss a chance to talk up the futuristic self-driving cars the company is developing.
Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave an update on Googleâ€™s automotive efforts during a chit-chat with reporters at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley on Thursday.
â€śWe have had conversations with all of the manufacturers globally, when politicians come by we love to put them in the car and drive them around at full blast,â€ť Schmidt said.
Schmidt even revealed that Google maintains a little race course in a parking lot, where drivers can try to outgun the self-driving cars (typically a modified Toyota Prius).
â€śWe ask you to race the Prius, inevitably the Prius wins against you,â€ť said Schmidt.
The technology is not yet completely â€śmature,â€ť Schmidt explained. And Google hasnâ€™t figured out how it will â€śproductizeâ€ť the cars, perhaps licensing the technology to other companies.
But Schmidt was fervent that the self-driving cars will eventually make their way into the real world, predicting that â€śself driving cars should in our lifetime become the predominant way.â€ť