Blind man goes driving in Google self-driving car
INNOVATIONS| March 30, 2012, 3:20 p.m.
A legally blind US man has taken a drive in Google’s new self-driving car.
The modified vehicle uses an array of sensors and Google mapping tools to navigate itself to a desired destination.
The test drive comes after 200 000 miles of tests in computer-led driving.
While the technology is mainly intended to make driving safer, Google notes that there is potential for autonomous technology to deliver benefits to the physically disabled people in future.
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