Google’s video showing a blind man taking a ride to a Taco Bell in a self-driving car was legal, according to Google and the police department which monitored the test.
In the video (embedded below), Google’s self-driving car takes Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, to a Morgan Hill, Calif. Taco Bell for a taco or two.
Google released the video to celebrate that it has safely completed 200,000 miles of computer-lead driving.
The video shows Mahan sitting in the driver’s seat as the car steers itself, using radar and lasers to make sure the road is clear. The car takes him through the drive-through of Taco Bell, then to the dry cleaners as Mahan jokes that “this is some of the best driving I’ve ever done.”
At 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 27, Jeff Seamans driving through Rapid City with his wife and stepdaughter on their way to Montana. Seamans was a passenger in the car when he went into cardiac arrest; his wife called 911 for help.
Officer Kathleen Callery was the first officer on scene, and was quickly joined by Officer Chris Hunt and Officer Michael Frybarger. The trio administered CPR and an AED shock while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. As the officers worked to save Seamans’ life, nurse Laurie Mills drove past the scene. She jumped in to assist the officers, helping to administer chest compressions as medics arrived. EMS took over CPR, and within minutes, Seamans was breathing on his own. Seamans was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where he recovered and was released several days later.
Mills was honored for her assistance with the Community Service Award. Chief Allender also awarded Officers Callery, Hunt, and Frybarger with the Life Saving Medal for their swift response. The Life Saving Medal may be given to officers for an act performed in the line of duty that, through disregard of personal safety or prompt and alert action, results in saving a life.
Four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell, who plays Phyllis Stone in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies, was injured following the matinee performance Oct. 29 and is temporarily out of the production at the Marquis Theatre.
According to a statement from the show’s spokesperson, “Jan Maxwell was hit by traffic while crossing 45th Street following the Saturday, October 29 matinee. She hopes to make a speedy recovery and get back to performing on stage at the Marquis Theatre, which could be as soon as Tuesday evening, November 1.”
During her absence, the role of Phyllis is being played by Colleen Fitzpatrick.