"The only problem is that you can't actually see a cell phone in the guy's hand, and the person taking the picture, unless stopped at a traffic light or stop sign, was also using his or her own phone. Oops!"
Well if these cars are considered autonomous then I've been using autonomous vehicles for years. They're called trains, you may have heard of them or even use one yourself. They run on tracks, are always late and the ride is really really boring!!!! Yes the idea of a car that drives itself is really cool but i see it more as a driver aid like radar guided cruise control and not a replacement for the actual.
Google is becoming a big monopoly, just like Microsoft and AT&T so of course they are under the microscope. As far as the cars, great idea and I hope it becomes practicle and affordable on every vehicle. Wouldn't this be great for driving at night during light traffic. But what about areas like deer crossings and such. It's problably going to take a long time to get this right.