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Google's new car has it all — except a steering wheel, brakes, and need for a driver

• The Week
Google has developed an electric-powered, bubble-shaped, two-seater car that will have no need for silly things like brakes, a gas pedal, and a driver. Instead of depending on a person, it will drive itself, Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced Tuesday night at a tech conference in Southern California.

"It reminded me of catching a chairlift by yourself," Brin said of his first ride in the car. "A bit of solitude I found really enjoyable." Google's goal is to have 100 prototypes out in a year's time for a pilot program. They'll be easy to spot, as they won't go any faster than 25 miles per hour. Don't get too excited about having your own chauffeur, though — Google will not be selling the car to the public. But you can watch it in action below. --Catherine Garcia

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