Our first glimpse of Google's driverless cars came in 2012. Since then, Google has confined most of its test-drives of these vehicles to the roads outside its headquarters in Mountain View, California, and recently expanded tests to Austin, Texas (reports of other self-driving car tests by traditional automakers have surfaced in a few other spots around the globe).
On the edge of Mountain View, California, they sat. Gigantic, hollow, towering husks. The airship hangars at the Moffett Airfield are a diesel-punk ruin, empty coffins for an era of aviation long since passed. But after decades of disuse, they might usher in the next stage of our cyber-reality. On Wednesday, Google took over the airship hangars at Moffett field and the surrounding 1,000 acres.