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Driven to Distraction

Vic Gundotra, 
Santa Clara Co., CA
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As Vic drove to work that morning, he wasn't thinking about anything in particular. Not even about the traffic ahead, which had come to a complete stop.
“The thought of what I could have done to someone else, because I wasn’t momentarily paying attention… Wow, that’s a scary feeling.”
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Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, Vic Gundotra formerly held the position of Vice President of Engineering, in which he was responsible for developer evangelism and open source programs. In 2003, MIT’s Technology Review magazine named Vic to its prestigious TR35 -- a list of the top innovators under the age of 35 -- for his groundbreaking work on the .NET Framework at Microsoft.
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Umbrellas provide much-needed shade for the tables dotting the courtyard in front of the famous Building #40 at the "Googleplex" -- Google's sprawling campus -- in Mountainview, Calif. Vic has been with the internet giant since 2007.
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Vic's S63 AMG is equipped with DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control with PRE-SAFE® Brake. Should the radar-based system sense an impending collision with the vehicle ahead, it can automatically issue an audiovisual alert and apply the brakes at 40% strength. If the driver fails to respond immediately to the warning, the system can even initiate full emergency braking.
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Vic's daughter, Samantha, displays a large photo portrait of her mother, Claudia, holding older brother Noah as a toddler.
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The Gundotras: (from left to right) Vic, Noah, Samantha and Claudia.