Google first introduced the public to its self-driving car 2010 and now the company has released a new video where the vehicle is actually being used.
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The clip features a gentleman by the name of Steve Mahan who is past the limit of being legally blind and is literally not fit to get behind the wheel of an automobile.
During the video, Steve allows the self-driving car to take him to Taco Bell for a meal and then to the dry cleaner to pick up some clothes.
"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," said Mahan in the video.
Google stated that the drive took place on a carefully programmed route and showed off the car's self driving abilities by using a person who legally wasn't able to see the road.
"There is much left to design and test, but we have now safely completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, gathering great experiences and an overwhelming number of enthusiastic supporters," said Google in a post.
Google plans to release a lot of advanced technology in the coming years, including its Project Glass headset, which it also launched a video for a few weeks back.
Google is currently working on this set of computerized glasses and developers are now able to purchase. Microsoft is also working on something similar. This type of technology could be something that could replace smartphones in the near future.
Google Glass will have a tiny screen on the left lens that users will have to look up to see. Apple has been granted a similar patent to create a product such as this one.