Google's Self-Driving Toaster Is Detroit's Worst Nightmare
Google's surprise reveal of its first in-house self-driving car prototypeshook the the auto industry like a California earthquake this week, and quickly became the biggest car news of the year. To an industry that still expects journalists to come to its car shows, Google's announcing its "first car" at the a conference put on by Silicon Valley journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg was almost as shocking the fact that the vehicle has no steering wheel or pedals. Though the Silicon Valley-facing launch was a blow to the industry's pride, Google's decision to abandon traditional vehicle controls is what will keep auto executives up at night.
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