This Is What It’s Like Behind the Wheel of a Driverless Car

Google’s driverless car gets most of the hype. But one of the best looks yet at what it’s actually like behind the wheel of an self-driving car comes to us courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University, which for several years now has been collaborating with General Motors to turn a standard-issue Cadillac SRX into a road-ready autonomous vehicle.

Like Google’s self-driving Prius, the Carnegie Mellon car is capable of making its own decisions to speed up, slow down, and stop at right lights. One notable difference: Whereas the Google car’s main, 64-laser sensor sits conspicuously atop its roof, rotating multiple times per second, the Carnegie Mellon car’s sensors are embedded discreetly all around the car.