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Google's self-driving car takes blind man to Taco Bell
L.A. Times ^ | 03/29/2012 | Salvador Rodriguez

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Local News; Science
KEYWORDS: selfdrivingcar; technology
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1 posted on 06/25/2012 5:53:52 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Silentgypsy

Taco Bell? Shouldn’t it instead take him to the local farmers’ market for organic arugala and a low fat soy chai-latte?


2 posted on 06/25/2012 5:56:30 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Silentgypsy

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.


3 posted on 06/25/2012 5:56:34 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Silentgypsy

Del Taco would be a much better choice.


4 posted on 06/25/2012 6:00:45 AM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: PGR88
hmm ~ but he's probably lactose intolerant, and when you're blind one green looks the same as another.

All in the perspective eh!

5 posted on 06/25/2012 6:01:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Silentgypsy

That’s how it translated his request to “take me to the Mexican Phone Company”.


6 posted on 06/25/2012 6:01:15 AM PDT by samtheman (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/21/obamas-socialist-designs/)
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To: carriage_hill

They will be safer than the ‘normal’ routes where people think they see things and try to cut you off all the time.


7 posted on 06/25/2012 6:02:00 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: carriage_hill

Agreed, the cars might be fine by themselves but other drivers are unpredictable and robotic technology doesn’t deal with unpredictability very well.


8 posted on 06/25/2012 6:02:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Silentgypsy
Lenina Huxley: [T]aco Bell was the only restaurant to survive the Franchise Wars.

John Spartan: So?

Lenina Huxley: So, now all restaurants are Taco Bell.

9 posted on 06/25/2012 6:04:13 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Silentgypsy

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?


10 posted on 06/25/2012 6:06:02 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.again.)
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To: Silentgypsy

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.


11 posted on 06/25/2012 6:06:26 AM PDT by nhoward14
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To: equaviator

Really, I can’t imagine anyone telling a blind child not to dream of and pursue anything they want.


12 posted on 06/25/2012 6:13:33 AM PDT by 1raider1
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To: Silentgypsy

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?”


13 posted on 06/25/2012 6:16:57 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: 1raider1

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.


14 posted on 06/25/2012 6:19:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: carriage_hill

I want the route so I can find the car.... Hit it and blame google and sue them for billions!


15 posted on 06/25/2012 6:20:11 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: carriage_hill

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.


16 posted on 06/25/2012 6:26:23 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: 1raider1

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!


17 posted on 06/25/2012 6:30:32 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Silentgypsy
I've had mine literally route me through an apartment complex parking lot (mid route, not at either end!). It also once suggested a route through a warehouse - in one set of docks and out the other. That only works in action/adventure movies, and there wasn't a stack of produce or water bottles to drive through so I didn't. ;-) Yes, I keep it up to date...
18 posted on 06/25/2012 6:31:30 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: carriage_hill
I just finished Directive 51 and Daybreak by John Barnes and in the former (set in 2024) when the electronic systems go down there are catastrophic pileups when the GPS autopilot systems go down which allow huge convoys of trucks to efficiently draft each other down the freeways at high speeds.

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.

19 posted on 06/25/2012 6:34:00 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Silentgypsy
RECALCULATING! RECALCULATING!

(Allstate mayhem commercial)

20 posted on 06/25/2012 6:35:28 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Silentgypsy

Yes; same thing happening to me. I stopped using it last week. I’m back to ADC Maps. LOL.


21 posted on 06/25/2012 6:40:40 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: muawiyah; cripplecreek

I can deal with others drivers’ *unpredictability*, but not with robots’ *straight-ahead vision*. At least, not yet.


22 posted on 06/25/2012 6:43:34 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: struggle
Del Taco would be a much better choice

Maybe but at Del Taco you have to watch out for the employee with a knife.

23 posted on 06/25/2012 6:44:32 AM PDT by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: cripplecreek
Indeed. Just because we "can" do something doesn't mean we "should" do it.

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.

24 posted on 06/25/2012 6:48:36 AM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: 1raider1

I couldn’t imagine giving a child false hope.


25 posted on 06/25/2012 6:52:11 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.again.)
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To: Silentgypsy

instead of streaming ads, Google of the future will simply route everyone’s trip through a Taco Bell drive thru...


26 posted on 06/25/2012 6:54:34 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Boogieman

F’n-ay right!


27 posted on 06/25/2012 7:00:21 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: Silentgypsy
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.

If it's anything like ours, it has advanced algorithms to take you through the scariest possible neighborhoods.

28 posted on 06/25/2012 7:12:06 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: pepsi_junkie

It might be installed with the “Avoid Ghetto” app by MS!


29 posted on 06/25/2012 7:22:54 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: baddog 219

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?


30 posted on 06/25/2012 7:25:57 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Silentgypsy

Yeah but.. can it keep a straight face when it’s smuggling drugs and illegals?


31 posted on 06/25/2012 7:32:34 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Silentgypsy

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.


32 posted on 06/25/2012 7:39:00 AM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


33 posted on 06/25/2012 7:43:58 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Silentgypsy

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?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NJzrv4MaMo


34 posted on 06/25/2012 7:54:08 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Silentgypsy

The Googlemobile’s first accident:

http://jalopnik.com/5828101/this-is-googles-first-self+driving-car-crash


35 posted on 06/25/2012 7:55:04 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Silentgypsy

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.”


36 posted on 06/25/2012 8:08:58 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Fun video, but fake to some degree. The guy was driving a Mercedes but the Ferrari sound was dubbed in.


37 posted on 06/25/2012 8:09:46 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Silentgypsy
First came fire, then came the wheel, then man reaches the moon, then came advanced computer technology...

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.

38 posted on 06/25/2012 8:15:21 AM PDT by PT57A
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To: Fresh Wind

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDXFvtVlYcM


39 posted on 06/25/2012 8:16:40 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Silentgypsy

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.


40 posted on 06/25/2012 8:16:48 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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"The self-driving car takes Mahan to Taco Bell for a quick meal and a dry cleaner to pick up his clothes."

His trip to the cleaners was due to his previous trip to Taco Bell, skid marks are a bitch to remove.

41 posted on 06/25/2012 8:17:12 AM PDT by PT57A
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To: pepsi_junkie
If it's anything like ours, it has advanced algorithms to take you through the scariest possible neighborhoods.

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.

42 posted on 06/25/2012 8:17:12 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: 6SJ7

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.


43 posted on 06/25/2012 8:21:05 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: Axenolith

Thanks for the tips on those 2 books, A. I’m always looking for something *good* to read.


44 posted on 06/25/2012 9:08:06 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Fresh Wind

at least they can still feel smug and self-righteous while bleeding from the face.


45 posted on 06/25/2012 9:43:48 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: q_an_a

I can see this regime giving away ‘free’ self-driving cars, and taxing everyone who chooses to drive themselves.


46 posted on 06/25/2012 9:52:30 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Poltergeist infestation is the only possible solution.


47 posted on 06/25/2012 9:56:45 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

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.


48 posted on 06/25/2012 9:58:57 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Axenolith

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?”


49 posted on 06/25/2012 9:59:12 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Fresh Wind

What an interesting site! Thanks.


50 posted on 06/25/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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