Google’s Autonomous Vehicle ‘Drives’ Blind Passengers Around Town On Daily Errands

Google’s Autonomous Vehicle ‘Drives’ Blind Passengers Around Town On Daily Errands

Google's self-driving will not only help the disabled but save 2.4 billion gallons of gasoline as well.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 21 april 2012

Google recently gave YouTube viewers a glimpse of the future with a video that showed an almost totally blind person behind the wheel of one of its self-driving cars. The capstone to a two year old project started in 2010, the automated car uses both radar and laser sensors to detect its immediate surroundings and make decisions with regard to every aspect of driving. Though Google hasn’t indicated the full-extent of the vehicle’s capabilities and limitations, the self-driving automobile has now completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led highway driving and now, as demonstrated in the video below, successfully navigated an urban environment while running errands to places like Taco Bell and the dry cleaners, passengers in tow.

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