Skip to comments.Google's self-driving car takes blind man to Taco Bell
Posted on 06/25/2012 5:53:42 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
Google's self-driving car has fascinated our minds with its technological promise since being introduced in 2010. But yesterday, the self-driving car touched our hearts.
Google posted a video of the self-driving car taking a legally blind man for a spin, showing one of the possibilities and benefits that could come from the technology.
"Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go when I need to do those things," Steve Mahan says in the video.
The self-driving car takes Mahan to Taco Bell for a quick meal and a dry cleaner to pick up his clothes.
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Taco Bell? Shouldn’t it instead take him to the local farmers’ market for organic arugala and a low fat soy chai-latte?
I want a *GPS Warning* to know those “blind car routes” well-ahead of time, so I can stay far away from the area! This is a disaster in the making, IMO. Something’s bound to happen.
Del Taco would be a much better choice.
All in the perspective eh!
That’s how it translated his request to “take me to the Mexican Phone Company”.
They will be safer than the ‘normal’ routes where people think they see things and try to cut you off all the time.
Agreed, the cars might be fine by themselves but other drivers are unpredictable and robotic technology doesn’t deal with unpredictability very well.
John Spartan: So?
Lenina Huxley: So, now all restaurants are Taco Bell.
Reminds me of another ‘blind’ story...
Back in the mid-90’s, NASA TV had a kid’s show where a panel of teenagers took calls from other kids who had questions and one caller claimed to be an 11 year-old girl who had been blind since birth. She asked the panel if they thought she could be an astronaut some day and they all agreed that yes, she could and to never give up on her dream, that if she could imagine being an astronaut then she could absolutely be an astronaut or do anything else she set out to do, etc.
If the panel had been comprised of men who’d actually walked on the moon or were astronauts themselves, what do you think their answers would have been?
Taco Bell hasn’t been attacked by liberals yet. Now if they had sent him to McDonald’, Moochelle would have had Barry shut down the program by giving it a federal loan.
Really, I can’t imagine anyone telling a blind child not to dream of and pursue anything they want.
Concealed carry licensees often go to WalMart for their first experience carrying concealed.
I wonder if driverless car proponents will “go to Taco Bell” for their first “drive?”
My grandfather used to do business with Jim McDivitt after he left NASA. He always told us kids that we could all be working in space some day.
I want the route so I can find the car.... Hit it and blame google and sue them for billions!
Is your GPS doing flaky things lately? I don’t trust ours any more since it tried to give us a 9-mile detour to a destination that was about 400 feet away.
Hey, it’s thinking like that which led to people telling a young Kenyan Muslim that he could be President of the United States if he wanted to. Look where that’s got us!
A minor sub part of the story, but very interesting trilogy (book 3 in progress) in which a self propagating meme has arisen amongst people via the net which evokes itself as a leaderless attempt to eliminate human civilization utilizing the self loathing subsets of radical environmentalists and terrorists.
It's easily as good as One Second After, with the added plus' of slightly into the future and global aspects.
(Allstate mayhem commercial)
Yes; same thing happening to me. I stopped using it last week. I’m back to ADC Maps. LOL.
I can deal with others drivers’ *unpredictability*, but not with robots’ *straight-ahead vision*. At least, not yet.
Maybe but at Del Taco you have to watch out for the employee with a knife.
It's nice to know that autopilot systems on planes have demonstrated the capability to perform an unassisted landing. When I'm the passenger, I want two experienced pilots in the cockpit.
I couldn’t imagine giving a child false hope.
instead of streaming ads, Google of the future will simply route everyone’s trip through a Taco Bell drive thru...
If it's anything like ours, it has advanced algorithms to take you through the scariest possible neighborhoods.
It might be installed with the “Avoid Ghetto” app by MS!
Instead of intentionally hitting it just slowly ease yourself into the same lane ahead of it and then slam on the brakes! Let’s see how the computer deals with that kind of problem.
Who will be ticketed? The computer or the blind guy?
Yeah but.. can it keep a straight face when it’s smuggling drugs and illegals?
A few years ago, I was visiting a family member in the hospital in Dallas. I left to go pick up some houseshoes, etc and followed my Tomtom to what it claimed was a shopping center. I was confused because the road was getting smaller and less maintained until I finally rounded the last turn right into a construction staging yard. The guys there sure gave me a funny look as I turned my car around and headed back out.
Good idea..... I never thought about who would you ticket... Being that there isn’t a driver... Google would crap a brick if their little toy was being sued.
Will it have a ‘sport mode’ so it can take you through the streets of Paris on an early Sunday morning like this guy did back in the ‘70s?
The Googlemobile’s first accident:
I’m amazed at the negativity toward new technology by some of the posts. I’d half expect if this were 4,000 BC, we’d be hearing comments like..
“That wheel doesn’t exist in nature. It’s not natural!”
“What if that wheel runs over someone’s foot? That’s gotta hurt.”
Fun video, but fake to some degree. The guy was driving a Mercedes but the Ferrari sound was dubbed in.
Next step in the evolution of technology... pilot-less transportation to a shitty fake Mexican restaurant. Blind man finds way to Taco Bell, can't find rest room in time.
Fake but accurate!!! LOL!
Here is an interview with the film maker in 2006 about the making of the film. Press the “CC” to get the translation.
As stupid as the basic idea appears on the surface, I can see 600,000 elderly (85+) driven cars getting these old folks to the store, the doctor etc. etc. and maybe a good deal safer than the person who owns the car.
His trip to the cleaners was due to his previous trip to Taco Bell, skid marks are a bitch to remove.
We were driving in an unfamiliar part of a big city the other day. We essentially needed to go about ten blocks, take a left and go about ten more blocks to get to our destination. I tried following the GPS’s instructions, but it had us taking a left and then a right every single block which was nearly impossible in heavy traffic. When I zoomed out on it's screen while we were stopped... I saw that it was trying to take us on a diagonal route through the city.
Have to agree. The idea that humans will always have better reaction times than machines is pretty short-sited. A robot guided car can have 360 vision. A persons awareness of their surroundings is very limited.
Thanks for the tips on those 2 books, A. I’m always looking for something *good* to read.
at least they can still feel smug and self-righteous while bleeding from the face.
I can see this regime giving away ‘free’ self-driving cars, and taxing everyone who chooses to drive themselves.
Poltergeist infestation is the only possible solution.
All the Google Motors cars will be routed through the polling places. only NPR will work on the radio.
Tuning in to Rush via alternative means results in a drive off a bridge into a river.
Does yours sound very irritated when it says “Recalculating”? It’s like you can expect it to say, “You idiot. You left your brain in your other jacket this morning?”
What an interesting site! Thanks.
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