Google’s self-driving car is ‘almost entirely controlled’ by an app

“The prototype is almost entirely controlled by a phone app,” Google X industrial designer Jenny Arden told a crowd of about 200 today. “There aren’t that many systems that entirely rely on a phone app so completely.” She compared it to the app that lets you check in for a flight at the airport, but added that if a flight check-in app doesn’t work, you can still go talk to the person at the ticketing desk to get a boarding pass.