If Google is handing out cars to take people to get chalupas, sign us up. While testing the company’s new self-driving vehicle, Google had the Toyota Prius navigate city streets to take its blind “driver” to Taco Bell, as seen in a video of the test.
They had to get permission from local police, as the man is 95% blind and therefore, doesn’t have a driver’s license, says DigitalTrends.com, and there was a police officer in the car with him on the trip. The car cruised through Taco Bell’s drive-thru using radar sensors and video cameras.
Before sending the man, who is CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, on his way, Google employees had tested the car for more than 200,000 miles and felt he’d do just fine. Along with grabbing some grub, the man also went to pick up some dry cleaning. Just a nice little day running a few errands — something that he said isn’t always so easy to do.
For those of you who live in Nevada, your state became the first to approve the use of self-driving vehicles on the roadways. So keep your eyes peeled in the Taco Bell drive-thru line.
Google’s self-driving car takes blind man to Taco Bell [Digital Trends]