Taking a ride in a self-driven automobile, while being 95% blind, is an amazing and courageous feat in itself. Here is a video of Steve Mahan going for a ride in a self-driven car. Stopping for taco's or at the dry cleaners is no problem at all.
Wilkepedia Definition :
Autonomous car - Also know as robotic or informally as driver less or self-driving, is an aautonomous vehicle capable of full filling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional car. Autonomous vehicles sense the world with such techniques as laser, radar, lidar, GPS and computer vision. Advanced control systems interpret the information to identify appropriate navigation paths, as well as obstacles and relevant signage. Autonomous vehicles typically update their maps based on sensory input, such that they can navigate through uncharted environments. The U.S. state of Nevada passed a law in June 2011 which instructs the Nevada DOT to write regulations concerning the operation of driver less cars. Google had been lobbying for driver less car laws. Until the regulations are devised, the legality of operating a driver less car system in Nevada, including possibly a self-parking car, will remain questionable at best. The Google driver less car is one of the leading projects in this field, alongside programs such as the 2getther passenger vehicles from the Netherlands and the entrants of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge in the USA.
In a story reported by Fox News, the former head of Research and Development at General Motors, Larry Burns, expects to see autonomous vehicles in showrooms in less than 10 years. To see this story please visit the link below:
It seems like something you would see in a science fiction movie.... I am not sure how comfortable I would feel in a self-driven car, dodging in and out, of a busy and congested urbanized area, yikes. Times are changing..............