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Google’s Self-Driving Car Takes A Blind Man Out For A Spin
By Syafiqah Omar, 30 Mar 2012
Since announcing its breakthrough self-driving car project in 2010, Google has clocked over 200,000 miles of safe computer-led driving.
To share its special moment with everyone, Google posted a video of the car taking Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, out for a spin.
The self-driving car takes Mahan to Taco Bell for a burrito, and then after, a dry cleaner to pick up his clothes.
"Look, Ma, no hands," proclaims Mahan in the video. "No hands, no feet."
Indeed, the heartwarming experiment touched many hearts, and shows the possibilities and benefits that can arise from this technology.
"Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go, when I need to do those things," adds Mahan.
In a post on its Google+ account, Google says the drive took place on a carefully-programmed route.
"There’s much left to design and test, but we’ve now safely completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, gathering great experiences and an overwhelming number of enthusiastic supporters," says Google.
[via Los Angeles Times]
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