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Watch a blind man drive to Taco Bell with a little help from Google’s robot cars

Self-driving cars are one of the projects that remind you of the good old days of Google, when the company was more focused on quirky “twenty-percent-time” projects than playing catch up in the social networking space. While the cars are still far from a legal reality in most states, Google has released a new video showing Steve Mahan, who is legally blind, enjoying a ride in one of its robo-cars.

Back in February, Nevada became the first state to pass regulations that would legalize these cars for use. It’s not clear yet if they would be available to the general public or be targeted to the differently abled. Google has also said the cars might serve as taxis and delivery vehicles.

In the video below, Mahan talks about how much extra time everything takes when one is blind and the liberating possibilities of a self-driving car. Then he takes ride to Taco Bell and enjoys his meal with two hands while heading to pick up some dry cleaning.