Blind Man Driving
(Also, Al Pacino had a blind-man behind the wheel in Scent of a Woman, although that scene was played as much for nail-biting as for laughs.)
Anyway, the point is, this is no joke:
First User Of Google’s Self-Driving Car Is Legally Blind
Google has released a video taken in January of the first user of it’s self-driving car, Daniel “Steve” Mahan, who is 95 percent blind. The video shows Steve casually sitting in the driver seat of a blue Toyota Prius outfitted with laser range finders, radar, cameras, and inertia sensors as a Google employee in the passenger seat monitors the car via laptop. With a “self-driving car” label on the bumper, the vehicle successfully zooms around town allowing Steve to pick up his dry cleaning and go through the drive-thru of a Taco Bell for lunch. Google posted the video along with news that its tricked out cars have logged 200,000 miles on the road, but makes it clear that this was merely a technical experiment and a way to let Steve experience the possibilities in autonomous driving, which someday may become a reality.Stephen and I have talked a lot on FastForward Radio about why self-driving cars are inevitable. As resistant as many people will be to the idea, it comes down to safety. Eventually robo-cars will be far safer than human-drive cars and we will hit a tipping point where self-driving will become the norm. Many folks who can't currently drive will benefit from this shift. It's not just the legally blind.
There are a lot of reasons people can't get drivers licenses (or shouldn't be driving.) This technology will provide them the mobility the rest of us enjoy without even thinking about. All that, and the roads will be safer.
Live to see it.