Google is known for pioneering some AWESOME technology and it may seem a little dull to know they recently shot a video which was simply the act of a man named Steve going for a drive in a Toyota Prius. In the video Steve is filmed doing everyday tasks like going out to lunch and picking up his laundry. Sounds a little boring, right? One thing we forgot to tell you is that Steve Mahan is blind, and that the Prius he's behind the wheel of is equipped with Google's new self-driving car system.
Google has held up to their standards and recently developed this fine piece of technology, and they've already clocked an amazing 200,000 miles of accident-free driving on their small test fleet of six Toyota Prius models. And now to prove literally anyone can use the system, they've allowed a man who'd otherwise not be allowed behind the wheel to operate it.
As the video shows, the test was a huge success. Steve had literally no trouble commuting with the new system doing all the work. His Toyota Prius navigated the streets, stopped at intersections, changed lanes appropriately, and even used its turn signal more than some fully capable drivers might. In other words, it's nearly perfect.
So what's stopping Google from selling it to Toyota use in their lineup? Self-driving car systems aren't technically legal yet. Google had to film the video with the consent of the Morgan Hill Police Department. It's worth noting, however, that some states are working to pass state-level legislation that will legalize them.
For now, Passport Toyota, asks that you stay tuned for more on this and other Toyota news. Of course, if you're more interested in taking a new Toyota for a test drive, simply contact us online or by phone at 888-244-2068 today.