Google X labs plan robot researchers to map the future

Google could release a fleet of autonomous data collection robots, supplanting its current Google Street View cars insiders suggest, using robotics and AI research from the search giant’s mysterious Google X incubator labs. The high-tech exploratory ‘bots – which would build on Google’s self-driving cars – are one of several outlandish projects currently underway among the company’s more prophetic engineers and developers, according to an NY Times piece on the clandestine R&D facility.