13 Things Google's New Driverless Car Looks Like

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May 28 2014 5:27 PM

13 Things Google's New Driverless Car Looks Like

With no steering wheel, no gas pedal, and no driver, Google’s new driverless car isn’t just a potentially revolutionary transportation technology. Thanks to the zoomorphic arrangement of its headlamps, radar, and grille, it’s also an instantly divisive icon of early-21st-century automotive style. Just what it resembles, however, is in the eye of the beholder. Here are 13 things people are convinced it looks like.

1. A koala

Koala bear by Eric Isselée

Photo of a koala bear by Eric Isselée

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2. An armadillo

Photo of an armadillo by Pat Bonish

Photo of an armadillo by Pat Bonish

3. An owl

Photo of an owl by Ingram Publishing

Photo of an owl by Ingram Publishing

4. A mouse

Photo of a mouse tiripero/Thinkstock Images

Photo of a mouse tiripero/Thinkstock Images

Photo of a mouse by merznatalia/Thinkstock Images

Photo of a mouse by merznatalia/Thinkstock Images

6. A Roomba

Roomba by iRobot

Product shot of a Roomba by iRobot

7. A Chrysler Peapod

A Chrysler Peapod

Photo courtesy of Chrysler

A Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

Product shot of aA Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

9. The evil air conditioner from The Brave Little Toaster

The evil air conditioner from the Brave Little Toaster courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

Still from Brave Little Toaster courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

10. Jake from Adventure Time

Jake from Adventure Time courtesy of Cartoon Network

Still from Adventure Time courtesy of Cartoon Network

11. Totoro

Totoro

© 1988 - Walt Disney Pictures

12. The little Totoros that follow along behind Totoro

© 1988 - Walt Disney Pictures

© 1988 - Walt Disney Pictures

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Will Oremus is Slate's senior technology writer.

Natalie Matthews-Ramo is a Slate Web and interactive designer.

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