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California Senate Bill 1298 passed in a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 37-0 in the State Senate

The state of California passed a bill today that will allow for the preparation of standards for the use of autonomous vehicles.

California Senate Bill 1298 passed in a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 37-0 in the State Senate today. The bill, which was created by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), will set the stage for a set of performance and safety standards for the use of autonomous vehicles in the state.

These standards would be used by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to determine how autonomous vehicles would operate on California roads and highways. Autonomous vehicles will have to meet federal and state safety standards, and a licensed driver will have to be in the car at all times. Also, CHP and the Department of Motor Vehicles will offer recommendations for the use of these vehicles.


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"Thousands of Californians tragically die in auto accidents each year," said Padilla. "The vast majority of these collisions are due to human error. Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle can analyze the driving environment more quickly and accurately and can operate the vehicle more safely."

Computer-controlled cars will not only help drivers avoid accidents, but will also prevent traffic congestion on highways in many cities. However, automaker Honda Motor Co. recently collaborated with the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo to create a driving assistant that tracks the driving behavior of the vehicle and calculates whether this pace could cause a traffic jam.

Other U.S. states, including Arizona, Florida, Hawaii and Oklahoma, are considering the testing of autonomous vehicles as well.

Source: The State of California



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RE: Soon
By jimbojimbo on 5/22/2012 2:23:11 PM , Rating: 4
I'm OK with it as well as long as the requirement for the override is passing an intelligence test like say spelling "there". After all stupidity causes more accidents and traffic than anything else.


RE: Soon
By DT_Reader on 5/22/2012 4:27:46 PM , Rating: 3
If you're going to talk stupidity, how stupid is it to post a story about the California Senate and say the State passed the bill? It's only cleared the Senate, the House still has to pass it. It's barely half-way to the Governor's desk, and Moonbeam may veto it (or not, hard to tell how he'd vote on this. it's cool tech, so he may support it. it's robotic overlords, so he may oppose it).


RE: Soon
By geddarkstorm on 5/23/2012 1:32:00 PM , Rating: 1
You sound like a rather bitter person. Typing mistakes happen, such as your disregard for the proper use of commas hampering your grammar and readability. I'd rather take a test of intelligence by evaluating the usefulness of your logic and the validity of your arguments, rather than care about your typing or grammar.

So, with that said, what have you contributed? If cars could drive autonomously, would not everyone still have to go through the same driver's ed. classes as now, to be able to handle situations where manual control is necessary or wanted? Obviously that would be the case. And people of "lower" intelligence would be the least likely to use a car manually, as the convenience of autonomous driving would be particularly alluring. Heck, convenience is something that's universally alluring to everyone.


RE: Soon
By The Raven on 5/23/2012 2:10:25 PM , Rating: 1
You obviously don't know what an are-manual is nor understand why you would want it to override. Just goes to show what difference a hyphen can make to someone who is not in the know.


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