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Google gives I/O attendees a close-up of driverless car (but no rides)

While Google didn't make any announcements about its driverless car efforts at Google I/O this week, it was showing off its vehicle.

Sharon Gaudin

Google's autonomous vehicle, on display at its I/O developer conference in Mountain View, Calif.

In the middle of its annual developer conference in Mountain View, Calif., Google let attendees get a closer-than-usual look at the autonomous car.

Sharon Gaudin

An interior view of Google's self-driving car, which has no steering wheel.

Google announced two years ago that it had built an autonomous car from the ground up. The vehicle has no steering wheel, brake or accelerator. And, for now anyway, the cars still have safety drivers riding in them as they are tested on highways and city streets.

At I/O, Google didn't allow people to ride in the car or even see it drive around as thousands of attendees milled about. This was more show than tell.

Sharon Gaudin

Google’s fleet of driverless cars currently are driving on the streets of Mountain View, Calif, Austin, Texas, Kirkland, Wash. and Phoenix, Ariz.

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