Plenty of companies, from Uber to Tesla to traditional automakers, are dabbling in self-driving features. But it was Google that looked like it would take this tech to its extreme, building a new car from the ground up without unnecessary details like a steering wheel or pedals.
That may have proved too ambitious. According to , the idea is now on the scrap heap.
Google is still in the self-driving car race. The change of course is about where the car will actually come from. Google's already partnering with Chrysler to built self-driving minivans, so it seems reasonable to assume that whatever the replacement for the planned car will be, it will show up as a more conventional car and the product of a similar partnership.
It may not be quite as flashy or as futuristic a product, but it should at least be able to get on the road faster.