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Google’s Self-Driving Car is Missing This Standard Feature…

posted: 09/01/15
by: Danny Clemens
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Windshield wipers.

In a recent Google+ post, the search-behemoth-turned-automobile-designer confirmed that its self-driving car is devoid of windshield wipers, which, if you think about it, makes perfect sense. If a human being isn't piloting the vehicle, why would the windshield need to be clear of rain?

To be fair, the vehicle does come equipped with wipers, just not on the windshield. Instead, the wipers are located over the car's sensors, which Google refers to as its "eyes."

Will windshield wipers go the way of the cassette deck? We couldn't imagine a car without a cassette deck years ago, but we're getting along just fine without it now.

Also missing from the prototype: a steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal.

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