Google Self Driving Car's Interior Looks Like it Was Made by Playskool

Folks in Mountain View, California, got to peer inside Google's autonomous bubblemobiles this weekend. It looks like a kiddie toy in there.


Google's koala-esque self-driving car is definitely aiming for "cute" with its design. A bubbly little pod that looks like it should be emitting Jetsons noises as it trundles harmlessly through a picturesque Silicon Valley campus, it's pretty obvious that the autonomous vehicle's designers wanted it to come across as adorably inoffensive.

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And this past weekend, Google brought its latest prototypes to Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, giving non-Google employees their first chance to peer through the windows and see what's going on inside these cheeky overgrown golf carts.

. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's straight up Playskool in there.

Yep, no steering wheel. Here's a look inside Google's self-driving car.

— Matt McFarland (@mattmcfarland)

Consensus among the R&T office is that this looks like some kind of partnership between Nintendo GameCube and the Step2 toy company that never made it off the mid-1990s sketchboard. The turquoise-and-gray color scheme, rounded design language, and appearance of hard injection-molded plastic all convey a theme that makes us oddly reminiscent of birthday parties at Discovery Zone.

There's a little bit of technical information to be gleaned from a glance at this photo: At the top of the snapshot, we see a video screen that acts as a side-view-mirror display, and of course there's the big red emergency shutdown button. The center console seems to hold standard power window buttons a few additional buttons whose functions are not immediately apparent, and check out all that leg room. This photo was apparently snapped after the removable steering wheel and pedals, , were taken out.

For more photos of the interior of Google's twee self-driver, check out .

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