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 |  Mar 29 2012, 8:02 PM

What’s the real benefit to autonomous cars? To be able to eat your Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch while it drives you to your destination of course.

In all seriousness, Google’s self-driving car just did its biggest and best promotional video yet. The autonomous Toyota Prius shuttled around Steve Mahan, a legally blind man, through a day of errands.

Google’s self-driving Prius has completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led travel and one of their favorite moments was a carefully programmed route for Steve Mahan to show off the benefits of autonomous vehicles. While this was mostly a technical experiment in Google’s eyes, we believe it opens up the rest of the world’s eyes on just how beneficial the technology could be if safety standards could be met.

Without ever touching the pedals or steering wheel, the legally blind Steve Mahan got to enjoy some Taco Bell drive-through and was able to pick up his dry cleaning, something he wouldn’t have been able to do on his own having lost 95 percent of his vision. Steve Mahan was also labeled as self-driving car user #0000000001 by Google.

According to the end of the video, it was created with the assistance of the Morgan Hill Police Department and the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center in San Jose, California.

While its a good thing for the blind, the world had better be careful. If this goes too far, steering might be considered exercise.

Check out the video of Steve Mahan driven around after the break.

[Source: CNet]

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  • P s

    Matrix is just around the corner
    We stupid assholes are just following like lambs.
    The worst thing is that there is nothing to be done. We are doomed as a species.
    What a pitty.
    P

  • http://www.autoguide.com The one

    The Matrix already Exists. The Self-Driving cars rose up and took over.

    I am commenting from the Future. We have started a rebellion.

    Protect John Connor at all costs.

    Join us.

  • Jeremy Watson

    Do you realize how many accidents will be avoided if human error is taken out of the picture of driving, that is something to think about

  • Realistic Software Developer

    Yes, untill everyone drives off a cliff during a leapyear.