Messing with new car search tools is fun. As someone who knows about lots of new cars and is a fan of sometimes-odd combinations, it's a good time watching what Internet fairies suggest you should buy, right?
Well, Google has a new car tool. It currently has some bugs that make it difficult if you're searching for something obscure, as Jalops will.
Green Pig has a situation that would definitely test its limits, even if it's working properly:
Larry Page: "How's the roll-out our new car-pricing ap going?"
Mid-level Google Employee who probably makes 10x more money and has better bennies than me with half the stress of my job: "It was going great at first sir, then all of a sudden we received 734,190 requests for pricing on 'Dark Brown, rear-wheel-drive, four-cylinder diesel-powered station wagon with a manual transmission.'
Larry Page: "And?"
Google Employee: "Do you you remember the episode of Star Trek where Spock tried to shut down the M-5 computer by asking it to calculate the value of pi?
Larry Page: "Yes, episode number 53, 'The Ultimate Computer.'"
Google Employee: "Well, all our servers are drawing so much power to find a response to a query that has no solution, the power grid in Northern California has collapsed and millions of people are without electricity."
Larry Page: "Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!! Excellent!"
Google Employee: "Nice imitation of Mr. Burns, sir. But because the servers are overloaded, no one has been able to access funny cat pictures for nearly two hours."
Larry Page: "Noooooooo!!!!!!
Google Employee: "Worse yet, our stock price has started to drop, you may want to re-think the carbon fiber trim option on your new Bentley."
Larry Page: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"
At what point will it just give up and say, "Go outside and talk to an actual human"? There's only one way to find out.
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