Google back in 2010 launched it’s self-driving car project with a goal of making driving safer, more enjoyable, and more efficient. Since then, Google’s self-driving car has safely completed over 200,000 miles of computer-led driving.
How safe is it? Well to answer the question, Google recently let a man named Steve Mahan, who lost 95 percent of his vision and doesn’t even have a driver’s license behind the wheel of its autonomous Toyota Prius car.
“Here’s Steve, who joined us for a special drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment, but we think it’s also a promising look at what autonomous technology may one day deliver if rigorous technology and safety standards can be met,” google said.
The company also posted a video of the Steve taking a spin of self-driving car in action, you see Mahan with excitement stating, “Hey Mom, no hands” as the car is driving around. “This is some of the best driving I have ever done,” Mahan says while sitting in the driver’s seat of the modified Toyota Prius laughing as the car uses radars and lasers to ensure the route is safe.
“Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go the places I both want to go and need to go,” Mahan said.
Check out the video below: