Google’s Self-Driving Car Facility

Over at Backchannel, Steven Levy has an amazing behind-the-scenes look at Google’s self-driving car test facility on the grounds of the former Castle Air Force Base in Merced County, California.

“Mission control at Castle is a double-wide trailer that seems more like the op center at a construction site than a dispatch center for the future. There are desks, a ratty sofa, and instead of the high-end espresso maker commonly found at the company’s facilities, a coffeemaker that Joe DiMaggio would recognize. The most Googley objects are what look like military-grade water ordnance; they are actually Bug-a-Salt rifles that shoot pellets at the swarms of insects that are ubiquitous during the Central Valley summer.”

The piece is titled “License to (Not) Drive”. Read the whole thing.

Originally published at on January 26, 2016.

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