The first official outing of Google’s high-tech autonomous car was a success, taking Steven Mahan, a legally blind man with a 95% vision impairment, through a Taco Bell drive thru and to pick up his dry cleaning. Throughout the video, Mahan’s hands don’t touch the wheel, while the car’s radars, cameras, and lasers do all the work for him. After hitting the drive thru, he eats the taco using both hands, while the car motors along.
“Look Ma, no hands no feet!” He says as the car obeys traffic signals. “This is some of the best driving I’ve ever done.”
What do you think of Google’s self-driving car, and do you see a future for them for those with disabilities, visual or otherwise? Or how about becoming the standard for driving everyday folks around town, like in the sci-fi worlds of Minority Report or iRobot?