On a recent recon mission, I swung by a few of the usual self driving car spots. First to the former mall that houses
Google's, Alphabet's, Google X's
, Waymo's self driving car research. With project Firefly long gone, there were a few self driving Chrysler minivans to be seen. But basically, it was really slow. In my stakeout I spent about an hour waiting and saw 4-5 vehicles.
|Chrysler Self Driving Minivan|
So I booked it over to Sunnyvale. There are a couple of research centers there as well. In fact Nissan-Renault and Baidu are right across the street from one-another. But nothing interesting to be seen there at all. The row of self driving cars in Baidu's parking lot was no longer to be seen.
So I headed over to Yahoo's HQ about two blocks away to potentially do some Silicon Valley stock photo coverage for my main stock photo biz. It's there I found a most interesting contrast. Between the billion dollar company headquarters, a street was lined with beat-up old RVs.
|Beat-up RV's on the Streets of Silicon Valley|
I pulled over only to notice a itsy-bitsy - almost kid sized car. It was rusty, and somehow cute. I got out and took a few photos- the contrast was so ironic. Here I am searching for cutting edge vehicles from the wealthy and great only to be surrounded by dilapidation and poverty.
|Rusty Crosley with 1960's Oklahoma plates|
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