Blind man finds independence in Google car’s driver seat

(NEW YORK) — The ride Pat Mahan took in one of Google’s self-driving cars is one he will never forget. Mahan, who is blind, had the chance to sit in the driver’s seat when he and a licensed driver took a ride in one of the vehicles nearly four years ago, but his dream of being able to have more mobility is one step closer to becoming a reality after a federal ruling re-defined what can be classified as a driver. U.S. officials will now allow the artificial intelligence system responsible for piloting self-driving cars to be considered the driver, according to a letter dated from last week from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Feb. 4 response from NHTSA gives Google and all other manufacturers approval to design…


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