Remember back in 2010, when Google announced its self-driving car project?
We all laughed at the absurd idea, right?
Well, Google has just uploaded a video of a self-driving car test, showing Steve Mahan, a man who lost 95 percent of his vision and doesn’t even have a driver’s license to test drive the car.
Google says in the video description, “We announced our self-driving car project in 2010 to make driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. Having safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, we wanted to share one of our favorite moments. Here’s Steve, who joined us for a special drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment, but we think it’s also a promising look at what autonomous technology may one day deliver if rigorous technology and safety standards can be met.”
At one point during the test drive, Mahan even stopped at Taco Bell for a burrito.
“This is some of the best driving I have ever done.”
“Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go the places I both want to go and need to go.
You lose your timing in life. Everything takes you much longer. There are some places that you cannot go. There are some things that you cannot do. 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.” Mahan says while sitting in the driver’s seat of the modified Toyota Prius.
Google reports that it has completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving – only two crashes were reported, both with a human at the wheel.
As reported earlier this month, Google’s self driving cars have inspired new legislation in California, similar to legislation introduced last year in Nevada, with Hawaii, Oklahoma, Florida, and Arizona also introducing bills, according to Bloomberg.