Local media and technology merchandise retailer CD-R King, in cooperation with US-based search giant Google, has just announced the world’s first Android-powered self-driving Jeepney. It is scheduled to officially reveal the said vehicle during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:00 PM later today at the headquarters of the Land Transportation Office.
According to a CD-R King representative, the self-driving Jeepney will run the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, which is normally found on modern-day smartphones and tablets. “It was only a matter of time,” the representative said. “CD-R King started out selling blank CDs and now we have our own brand of motorcycles. So logically, this is the next step in our retail journey.”
Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page said in a statement, “I’ve always wanted to visit the Philippines and do a motorcade of my own just like my favorite boxer, Manny Pacquiao. And I’ve never been on a jeepney before. So I put two and two together, and here we are.”
The technology behind the Android-powered self-driving Jeepney has been in development for years. As Google works to perfect the self-driving cars that it plans to release in the US, it will use the Philippines as a testbed by launching this automated mode of public transportation in partnership with CD-R King.
“The way I see it, this is a win-win for us and the commuters,” said the CD-King representative. “Our self-driving jeepney will take passengers from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible while allowing them to enjoy all the features that make Android such a great operating system.”
Passengers can listen to music, watch movies, browse the Internet, and play games such as Temple Run and Angry Birds for free. They can also take photos with the rear-view mirror’s built-in camera and post directly to Twitter or Facebook.
Both CD-R King and Google are fully aware of the dangers of using electronic devices while driving. That’s why they believe that this kind of project is exactly what the people need, because it will let them go to and from their intended destinations and carry on liking, tagging, and sharing online without missing a beat.