Why the Google Car Is Hideous and Design Is Incredibly Important

Updated from 9:33 a.m. to include poll information.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google (GOOG) should be lauded for doing a lot of things -- making search simple, fostering plans like Google Fiber, Project Loon and even helping the smartphone and tablet revolution explode over the past few years. One thing that can be chalked up in the dud column though? Design.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin spoke at the Re/Code conference last night, talking about a myriad of topics, including Google X, contact lenses and social. However, the biggest draw was the unveiling of the driverless car. After seeing the car on video, it shows how important design and aesthetics are, even if the product is a prototype.

After Brin, who was being interviewed by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg unveiled the car, there was a short video posted to YouTube demoing the car, showing it off, with people fawning over it like it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Take a look:

Now wait a minute.

Wait another minute.

After having watched the video and thinking about it, I don't understand how anyone in their right mind could consider that car attractive. Other publications called it "cute," and were marveling over it, much as the majority of the tech press does when a new product is announced. However, when something so hideous is released, fawning over it is the farthest thing from my mind, no matter how cool it may be, and ultimately how useful it will become.

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