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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.

Google's autonomous Toyota Prius [Source: Motor Authority]

"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 Spuke on 5/22/2012 10:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
Even if you squeeze the cars closer together, in 5 years once another 10 million or so Mexicans fence-jump their way into CA and the idiot lawmakers allow them to obtain licenses, you're back to square one.
This what I find SOOOO hilarious about these silly pie in the sky acts by the CA government. We have an entire class of people that will NEVER be able to afford these types of cars. Do these people really think that autonomous cars will cost the same as cars today? The new CAFE standards are going to take another chunk of people out of the new car market. I can only imagine how many people this will remove.

I can see the logic in having cars with this capability but, just like today, we're always going to have a significant group of drivers that can't afford any of this tech and WILL be driving old, fully human controlled vehicles. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this will either not happen in CA or if if it does happen, they'll turn the carpool lanes into autonomous vehicle only lanes (with the appropriate fee to use that lane).

RE: Soon
By The Raven on 5/23/2012 1:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
We have an entire class of people that will NEVER be able to afford these types of cars.
Silly. Sure they will be able to afford it. You are forgetting that this is CA that we are talking about. They will be provided free of charge by the 1%.

The autonomous cars will drive us all into Greece-like financial ruin.

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