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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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