Google adds painted doors to it's self driving car
Ten winning pieces were chosen and displayed on the doors of Google cars
Google thought it's self-driving cars needed a makeover and opened the opportunity up to local artists.
The tech company invited artists from Mountain View, California to submit their best work based on the theme, 'my neighbors, my community'.
The contest, 'Paint the Town', had 10 winners who can now see their designs buzzing around town.
On top of having their artwork displayed on the side of the bubble shaped cars, winners also get to ride in one of cars and a $500 gift card.
Some artists chose animals, others recreated images of iconic views in the area, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and more.
Austin, Texas residents were also invited to join in the contest and submissions ended on November 1st.
Google plans to announce up to five winners early next year.
The first prototype of the Google car was introduced last December, where it began testing on its own tracks.
After testing its autonomous vehicles over 700,000 miles of public road, Google's engineers tweaked the software that controls the cars to give them a slightly more aggressive edge.
It wasn't until this past June that the latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - made its debut on the roads around Mountain View and most recently has moved some cars for testing in Austin.
'They're ultimately designed to work without a steering wheel or pedals, but during this phase of our project we'll have safety drivers aboard with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed.'
The prototypes' speed is capped at a neighborhood-friendly 25mph, and they'll drive using the same software that our existing Lexus vehicles use—the same fleet that has self-driven over 1 million miles since we started the project.
The new pod isn't designed for a long trip, or a joyride.
It lacks air bags and other federally required safety features, so it can't go more than 25 miles per hour. It's electric, and has to be recharged after 80 miles.
And the pod can only drive in areas that have been thoroughly mapped by Google.