Earlier this year on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl tried driving a car that was hacked and lost control of it. Now it’s Bill Whitaker’s turn to demonstrate how self-driving cars work. Whitaker takes a 20-mile drive with Mercedes computer scientist Ralf Herrtwich. In a Mercedes S 500, the company’s most advanced self-driving prototype, Whitaker says he’s amazed as he witnesses/experiences the car approaching an intersection. It slows down and knows to change into the left lane. (The German-accented voice btw is the voice of the Herrtwich’s secretary.)
While merging onto a California freeway, Whitaker reports: “Don’t hold your breath for the Mercedes S 500 to step on it. It won’t break the speed limit.” Herrtwich admits that it does drives like “a little old lady” but “That’s okay with us for the time being.” Whitaker’s report will air on 60 Minutes on October 4 at 7pm on CBS.