Google likes eyes. Whether it's trying to put "smart" glasses in front of them with Google Glass, or — most recently — using eyes to make self-driving cars look "cute."
Google hopes that the eyes on this car will make you think that "No, these cars aren't soulless monsters that could run me down and feel nothing. Its eyes are soulful." The rest of the car is pretty cute, too.
The company's announcement comes in the wake of BMW's announcement of a car that will use your smartwatch to park itself.
Design isn't really the problem behind a self-driving car. In fact, a car that drives itself would have to deal with need some much deeper issues embedded into its programming.
Will a self-driving car break for a cat or dog running across the street? What if it predicts that braking will cause a minor accident that will cost both drivers time and insurance premiums?
Here's the latest prototype for Google's next-gen self-driving car.
Cute, isn't it? It's almost like Google asked the designer to make the prototype the opposite of a robot pack mule developed by another company that Google owns.
Still, this car will undoubtedly have some moral decisions to make if it ends up on the road. No amount of ridiculous cuteness will change that.