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Inside Google's self-driving car (pictures)

Google's still not letting people take photos of its self-driving cars on the road from the inside, but here's a look at what you can expect if you get to sit inside one.

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Google's self-driving car

Google's self-driving car is capped by a $70,000 Lidar system that's more expensive than the car itself.

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Smile for the grille

The Lidar is supported by an array of cameras and sensors, including this one mounted in the grille.

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Behind the wheel

Inside the car, it doesn't look like much has changed, except for the big red emergency kill switch.

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Wired in and ready to roll

Google programs destinations and monitors the car's progress with a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop wired directly to the car's sensors.

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Lexus SUV hybrid

One of the reasons that Google chose the Lexus RX450h was for its built-in ports.

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Cameras galore

Another camera faces front, mounted just behind the rear-view mirror.

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The laser-powered Lidar system

The roof-mounted Lidar system spits out 64 lasers that survey the world 10 times a second to keep track of objects both stationary and mobile.

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Self-driving car team

Members of Google's self-driving car team, left to right: Chris Urmson, project lead; Brian Torcellini, driving program manager; Dmitri Dolgov, software lead; Andrew Chatham, mapping lead; Ron Medford, project safety director.

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