Google Puts Doodles On Its Self-Driving Cars


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Do autonomous cars give you flashbacks to the movie Christine, with images of evil cars run amok? Google hopes to change that perception by making their already-adorable self-driving cars just a little bit more cute. Google called out to the local artistic community to find people to paint their cars in the theme of "My community, my neighbors." The project, part of Google's Paint the Town initiative, essentially turns the company's cars into real-life Google doodles.

 

Last June, Google put the call out to California artists to come up with drawings that fit the theme, “my community, my neighbors.” Most of the doodles are “cartoony” in nature, matching the feel of the Google car, featuring birds on a wire, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and other iconic California scenes.

The first batch of decorated cars are in the San Francisco Bay area but the contest was so successful that Google will expand it next in Austin, Texas. Danielle Dufayet of San Jose, California – the artist who contributed the piece with the birds on a wire – said, “A community is made up of individuals who communicate with one another. In my piece, Talk of the Town, the birds epitomize the connection we all share in communicating about things that matter to us where we live.”

Monkey Bars by Hong Li

Do autonomous cars give you flashbacks to the movie Christine, with images of evil cars run amok? Google hopes to change that perception by making their already-adorable self-driving cars just a little bit more cute. Google called out to the local artistic community to find people to paint their cars in the theme of "My community, my neighbors." The project, part of Google's Paint the Town initiative, essentially turns the company's cars into real-life Google doodles.

 

Everyday Stories by James Miles

“James is an artist at Creativity Explored, the premier non-profit visual art center for adults with developmental disabilities. His art practice is focused on creating ink drawings of miniature scenes that tell stories from everyday life around the Bay Area. James' quiet miniature scenes unusually combine perspectives, blurring the limits of inside/outside, near/far, small/large, male/female, and past/present to entice the viewer/listener into the paradoxically immense spaces of his diminutive artwork.”

 

The City Itself by Shalan Ertis

“The style of my piece represents how communities are composed of layers. The city itself, neighborhoods, and individuals all contribute to the overall community. My community and neighbors are diverse, technically inclined, yet wildly creative and exploratory.” - Shalan Ertis

 

California Poppies by Immaculada del Castillo Ditzel

“My community is full of poppies in the summertime, it makes everyone smile.”

 

Highway 101 by Hojin Lee

“I drive on highway 101 every day. When I drive home after work, around 6–7PM, I see the beautiful sunset. A beautiful scenic drive along the highway makes me feel grateful. It reminds me of warm and happy feelings about my home and family.”

 

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