A Legally Blind Man Drives a Car?!?!

April 12, 2012 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

From the title of this blog, you are probably wondering how is that possible or is that even safe for a blind man to drive a car? Well actually, Steven Mahan, who is legally blind, was driven by a car. Thanks to Google’s self-driving car, Mahan, who has lost 95% of his vision, was able to go  run a few errands.

Google first announced their self-driving car project in 2010. However, Mahan was Google’s first customer to sit behind the wheel of their self-driving car. Google created this self-driving, robotic car by equipping a Toyota Prius with a couple different types of technologies like a radar, lasers, and cameras. Because of this combination of technologies, the car was able to maneuver Mahan from his home through the neighborhood. It was even able to drive him through a Taco Bell drive through and park in front of Mahan’s dry cleaners.

Mahan’s drive was organized by Google’s team through a carefully programmed route. Google hopes to one day perfect the self-driving car’s technology so it can meet the safety standards. Google also stated that they began developing this car to “make driving safer, more enjoyable and more efficient.”

This self-driving car won’t be on the market anytime soon, still more research and testing needs to be done. Although, one state has made Google’s dream come closer to reality. Just a month ago, Nevada became the first state to approve self-driving cars. In California, a state senator is working on a similar bill. One day, hopefully, Google’s car will be on everyone’s driveways, but technology takes time.

If you would like to read more check out both these links: PCmag and cnet.

Don’t forget the quiz!

-Katie

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