Blind Man Finds Independence in Google Car's Driver Seat

Steve Mahan is giving the company's self-driving car a test ride.
1:59 | 02/11/16

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Well the federal government has just moved to redefine what it means to be a driver by green lighting Google's self driving cars OK so this morning were meeting passenger one. A blind man who's the first person to give the cart tests right here's kgo as Jonathan them. For Steve may hand traveling across town requires planning. He lives two miles from the nearest bus stop and when his families that work dogs. Oh he relies on the BTA's parent transits I have to make arrangements for those rides. A day before that's why a ride he took three years ago was so magical yeah. For the first time since he became blind Steve sat in the driver seat and that's about all he did the vehicles the driver. Carr was the driver but California rules say autonomous cars still need a licensed driver Steve can't get a driver's license if. It is required to have a licensed human driver in the car means I could not go any place in that vehicle without. Someone accompanying me. And it would throw on the brakes for Google's next project. It's cars without regular controls. Steering yeah. But now in a letter to Google federal regulators made a key clarification. Where the law refers to a driver that driver doesn't have to be human is this a green light for autonomous vehicle. I think it's the absence of a yellow life tech futurist Paul south though says it doesn't clear up other legal requirements robotic cars for instance still have to have. Your mark's rear view mirror was unnecessary for me in the side mirrors were unnecessary for me. But if California follows the federal government's lead it means people like Steve could have more independence and this doesn't miss the pedals are steering wheel one bit is like writing with a fabulous drivers anybody who spends five minutes out of net traffic. We'll realize that the danger that humans. Personally I can't wait for the robots to start driving in San Jose Jonathan bloom ABC news. Am a political heat trapping style don't let it so you would like something like that.

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