Blind Man Goes for a Spin in Google's New Driverless Car

By Rebecca J. Rosen

In celebration of 200,000 miles driven without an actual human driver, Google has provided us a glimpse of just how powerful this technology will be for people who are blind. A video produced by the company shows Steve Mahan drive from his house to a local Taco Bell. Mahan is 95 percent blind, or as he puts it "well past legally blind." As he turns into the driveway of Taco Bell, Mahan exclaims breathlessly, "How neat!" We couldn't agree more.

A neat little postscript: Google has also provided a version of the video for those who can't see well. Here's that version too.

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