Google's Crash Course


When it comes to its self-driving cars Google is on a collision course with motor city.

Two years ago a team of Google engineers and business staffers met with some of the world's largest car makers. At first both sides were excited about the idea of a car that could drive on its own; but soon it became clear that they were on opposite sides of the road.

People on both sides say the most recent source of disagreement is Google's latest prototype. A tiny pod shaped car with a flexible windshield for safety and a spinning cone for navigation. The car is limited to a speed of 25 miles an hour and do away with long standing features that include a steering wheel, brake and gas pedal.

Car companies familiar with the damaging effects of recalls say google is driving too fast towards profit and not paying close enough attention to safety. They say if something goes wrong they have a lot more to lose than Google does. Looks like this project has a lot of passengers; but no clear driver.