Google shows off self-driving car with blind man as the pilot

March 30, 2012 12:00 AM

Google has demonstrated that its design for a self-driving car works by letting a blind man get behind the wheel, reports Fox News.

In a video posted to its social networking site Google+, the tech giant showed the self-driving car piloted by Steve Mahan, who is 95 percent blind. Mahan, with a Google engineer beside him, didn't have to touch the wheel or the pedal once as the car automatically navigated him to the dry cleaners.

"There's much left to design and test, but we've now safely completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, gathering great experiences and an overwhelming number of enthusiastic supporters," wrote the company.

Google is far from the only company working on such a project - many other automakers have the same idea. Essentially, the design works by incorporating systems already used in cars that can detect collisions and other hazardous objects. That's combined with a GPS system that can accurately travel along a pre-mapped route.

While Google may create a car that can drive itself, it's unlikely that a car that fixes itself will be around anytime soon. With vehicles becoming increasingly reliant on technology, auto maintenance and care will become even more important as time goes on.

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