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Google’s Autonomous Prius in 2009

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Didn’t know what it was back then, but I shot a quick video of one of Google’s autonomous Prius (Prii?) before it drove away from in front of Joya in Downtown Palo Alto.

Looks like the sensor pod on top has a fixed and rotating component, as well as what I’m guessing is a stepper-motor style rotation counter on the left rear wheel. I also see what appears to be a GPS antenna (no surprise there) on the rear dorsal section of the roof.

I’m going to talk to some friends at Stanford’s vehicle lab and ee if I can pull apart what sensors are actually bolted on here.

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