Google self-driving car takes maiden voyage with legally blind man [Video]

Google Self Driving CarThe 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?

via CNET

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  • Ken Young

    I hope this is mostly real, even though some of it is obviously staged.  When he pulls into the dry cleaning spot, the driver’s side tire is right next to the white line.  But when he leaves, there’s no white line anywhere near the tire.