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Take a ride with Google at CES

Tour the Google booth, and a theme-park-style ride at CES

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It's a Google world after all

Google landed at CES 2019 with a massive pavilion in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The two story structure houses a wealth of exhibits on Google products and services, some of which it announced at the show. There was no shortage of color or pizazz.  

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Care for a ride?

A highlight is a Disneyland-like ride on the top floor of the pavilion. The ride is part of a big promotional blitz the search giant is making around the Assistant, the company's digital helper software, like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri.

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The ride was quite popular, with a queue beginning outside the pavilion's doors.

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Once you're inside, you start in a room where you hear the story for the ride. Dad, the patriarch of a family, is sleeping as his wife leaves for a trip. Before she departs, she reminds him of his task for the day: rush through his errands and buy a cake for Grandma's 91st birthday. 

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You're almost at the ride boarding area.

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See? It does look like a theme park.

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Then you board the ride for your trip through Dad's day.

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Throughout the ride you see various hurdles Dad encounters -- like a traffic jam on the freeway and a baker that speaks only French -- and how he uses Google Assistant to get over them and complete his important task.

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The ride also takes a brief dip outside.

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Happy Birthday, Grandma!

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After the ride, you can view and order photos of yourself taking a spin.

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On to the gadgets

After the ride you can also peruse the exhibits.

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More Google gear

The people working at the pavilion were decked out in Google gear.

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CES 2019: See all of CNET's coverage of the year's biggest tech show.

CES schedule: It's six days of jam-packed events. Here's what to expect.

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