Google’s Self-Driving Car Lets Blind Man “Drive”

Google’s self-driving car is a pretty amazing feat of engineering and technology. So far, the vehicle has covered 200,000 computer-driven miles, which is a milestone in itself. But there was another landmark moment that arose during testing.

It has to do with a man named Steve Mahan, a volunteer who took part in one of Google’s hands-on experiments. At 95 percent deficiency, Steve is legally blind and probably never imagined he’d be able to do the things we all take for granted, like getting behind the wheel. And yet, there he was in the driver’s seat, cruising his neighborhood.

The route that the company wrote for him was carefully programmed as part of a technical test, likely to see just how far along this project has come. Looks like it’s pretty far, as this appears to be an incredible step forward for autonomous cars, not to mention autonomous people — no matter their circumstances.

[via Gizmodo]



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