WASHINGTON D.C. (CNNMoney) -- My first ride in Google's self-driving car was, all at the same time, thrilling, fascinating and a little disappointing.
The car was in Washington DC where Google representatives met with groups like the AARP and the National Council for the Blind, groups which might have an interest in cars that that could act as chauffeurs for those who, for one reason or another, can't drive themselves.
I got to ride along on a loop around several DC blocks with two Google engineers in the front seats. Google's "self-driving cars" must always have someone seated at the controls, whether in Nevada -- which recently licensed Google's cars -- or anywhere else.
The drive was thrilling and fascinating because, come on, the car drives itself. In traffic! Disappointing because it's clearly not going to be ready for public use for years and years. ...
I'm convinced that in some other language "Google" translates into "Skynet." ;-)