Boston, MA, 03/28/2013 – Self driving cars by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (Current: 794.19, Down by 1.06%) are on the streets everywhere. It especially seems like Mountain View, California is the dream capital for these robotic wonder machines. They are on small streets, on highways and at gas stations. Robotic cars seem like they have made an appearance on the streets from a 2025 sci-fi film. They simply fill-up at a gas station and zoom off. There definitely is a large amount of interest in these cars that apparently need no driver to navigate them around the place. They seem to be able to drive better than humans, adhere to traffic rules and change lanes very cautiously. They never forget to signal when they are turning left or right, but there has been an unforeseen downside to them as well.
In order that these cars be easily identifiable, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has begun sticking stickers on the back of the vehicles proclaiming that they are a “self-driving car”. This is definitely an advertising gimmick for the company but it also makes people stop and stare. Other drivers slow down their cars and gawk at them while in the middle of the road and hold up traffic. People try to peek into the interiors of the car to see if a human being is at the steering wheel or if a robot is doing all the work. Other cars seem to drift and swerve as they want to take more than a cursory glance at the car and in the bargain are causing minor accidents.
The green revolution too
Progress, it is said, comes at a price and the future of the automotive industry is a very bright one, no doubt. The next generation cars are all set to take the world by storm. Neighboring Palo Alto has hoards of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA0 (Current: $37.89, Down by 0.71%)’s electric Model S sedans and its not just the cost-conscious people who are opting for these cars. The celebrity crowd also seems to be going the green way.