I didn’t expect to write another post about cars this year, let alone this week, but here we are!

Today’s link comes from The Verge, where Casey Newton writes about his experience hitching a ride in one of Google’s self-driving cars:

After years of working mostly in secret, Google is beginning to speak more publicly about what its autonomous vehicle can do. There’s a reason the company has decided to explain its program more fully: its cars are moving from the highways, where they typically interact only with other cars, to cities, where they are contending with pedestrians, cyclists, moving vans, and freight trains, among hundreds of other objects. As autonomous vehicles start becoming a part of daily life — at least for residents of the Bay Area — Google will face new questions, concerns, and regulatory hurdles.