As soon as I saw that Google's self-driving car testing facility — named "Castle" after its former life as the Castle Air Force Base — had a street named after Vin Diesel's character in the Fast & Furious series, I knew I was okay with these autonomous cars.
The map of the Castle campus comes courtesy of Steven Levy's story this week in Backchannel, which reveals the life of a Google test driver as the company's self-driving cars come together. It's a fun read, but it's not as fun as the Castle map itself: every road on the grounds has a car-themed name, from McFly Way to Fury Road to General Lee Expressway.
I could see Marty McFly getting a kick out of a self-driving car, but Bo and Luke Duke? Dominic Toretto, the king of the LA street race? I'm skeptical — especially when you consider that the Google cars top out at 25 miles per hour.Verge Video: Google's self-driving cars