Google's Self-Driving Car for Blind People

More

Self-driving cars aren't fundamentally about helping the vision impaired, but they sure would be useful.

Google

Tech.Biz.Medicine.Ideas.
See full coverage

We've seen a great number of technological ideas on these pages that help blind people move around the world, but navigation is not enough to travel even moderate distances. Essentially, all powered forms of transportation require a driver, and public transportation is not ubiquitous. All this means is that blind people outside cities lack the ability to achieve a level of independence that we all cherish.

Google is showing off its self driving car as a solution for blind folks when there is no one to take them to an important errand. As far as medical uses for autonomous cars, we also imagine thousands of lives saved by having drunk drivers sleep through their driving while the machine steers with a clear mind.


This post also appears on medGadget, an Atlantic partner site.

Jump to comments
Presented by

medGadget is written by a group of MDs and biomedical engineers.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

A Fascinating Short Film About the Multiverse

If life is a series of infinite possibilities, what does it mean to be alive?


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

Video

How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

Video

A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In