May 14, 2014 I took a ride in Google's self-driving car → by Casey Newton John Lowensohn / The Verge John Lowensohn / The Verge I really did! Climbing into the car, the first thing that strikes you is how ordinary it looks. The interior of the RX450h has the same leather seats and wood accents as a normal Lexus hybrid, and there are few signs that show it has been transformed. The most prominent change is a giant red button that has been installed just below the gear shift. This is the master kill switch, and pressing it disables the autonomous capabilities instantly. “If you hit this down, you have a Lexus,” says Nick Van Derpool, who has climbed into the passenger seat and will spend our trip recording feedback to pass on to the company’s engineers. The goal for our roughly 25-minute cruise around Mountain View: avoid having to hit the kill switch.