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California lawmakers want driverless cars legalized within the state

Few will argue with the fact that one of the only ways to eliminate distracted driving is to completely remove the driver from the equation. This is in part what automated, driverless vehicles -- such as the fleet that Google is operating around the country -- promise. The cars are expected to be safer because distracted drivers will no longer be an issue. Google's driverless fleet has racked up 300,000 accident-free miles.
 
Driverless vehicles can also allow those who were unable to drive themselves to get around without having to seek assistance. Other than making the roads safer, driverless cars also promise to decrease congestion and delays on the nation's roadways by eliminating accidents.
 
California is making moves to get these driverless vehicles on its state roads with one California legislator introducing a bill seeking to clarify that driverless cars are street legal. Google continues to be one of the major driving forces behind driverless vehicles, although there are other companies working in the industry.
 
Google believes that it has the computer science knowledge and financial strength to bring driverless cars to reality for Americans. "It's amazing to me that we (even) let humans drive cars," Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said a few years ago.
 
A lot of the technology needed for driverless vehicles is already available, and some vehicles on the streets today have many of the components needed to make this feat possible. Industry Association Auto Alliance represents Toyota, Ford, GM, BMW, and other major automakers. According to Auto Alliance, its members are individually exploring autonomous vehicle technology, and the association says that great strides have been made in the past decade.
 
Ford and GM, for instance, are working on autonomous braking technology that allows the car to bring itself to a complete stop when radar and other sensors the vehicle use sense an impending accident.
 
While some state legislators in California are trying to get the vehicles legalized for road use within the state, other states such as Nevada already allow driverless cars to operate on its roads.

Source: Detroit News



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RE: I drive casue I have to
By kattanna on 8/23/2012 11:33:00 AM , Rating: 2
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Anyway - personally I love driving - nothing better than finding some nice twisties and nailing a few apexes - but would also love to be able to hit an autopilot when in a traffic jam or when tired.


same.

put me and my durango out on a mtn road.. and its a lot of fun. the wife always jokes thats its not a sports car.. but I say it is..at least in my hands HAHAHA

sitting in traffic on the 101 during rush hour..um no.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Manch on 8/23/2012 11:51:27 AM , Rating: 2
I'm itching to drive down to Germany right now. Just waiting on two more parts for my car so I can have a little bit more fun when I get there. I love driving but Norway sucks if you do. Top speed on the highways is 90km, and thats if the @$$h0les in front of you aren't driving 10 under. In the city, it's usually 50/60km. I wouldnt mind having a truck with autopilot for long trips that I can tow my car on. Has to be more comfortable than flying coach. The damn airlines are removing leg room so they can cram you in and charge you for teh "extra" inch.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Ammohunt on 8/23/2012 9:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
I have driven from Kiel Germany to Lucerne Switzerland and its stau after stau around the big cities. The only place i got to open up the Audi i rented was on the way back to Frankfurt coming from Neuschwanstein on the A7 220Kph! in a Turbo Diesel no less.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By jeffkro on 8/24/2012 2:40:28 AM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah well I once spent a couple of hours in a German airport


RE: I drive casue I have to
By Ammohunt on 8/24/2012 7:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah? I spent 6 hours in Istanbul (Not Constantinople..nobodies business but the turks)international airport


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