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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 Reclaimer77 on 8/23/2012 12:57:09 PM , Rating: 0
First off, I do not know that "race drivers" don't like driving. And neither do you, it was a stupid unfounded talking point. And yes, I was stupid enough to get dragged into it. But that doesn't mean you were right.

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Most racing drivers like racing - not driving on roads - doesn't mean they are bad drivers though does it.


I call BS because most drivers I've seen on TV, own very expensive exotic vehicles for their personal use. Proving they like driving, they just prefer higher performance than the rest of us.

Seriously do you comprehend how utterly stupid the point you're trying to make is? I doubt the OP was a "race driver". He's just a BAD ONE.


RE: I drive casue I have to
By ArcsinZ on 8/23/2012 1:19:18 PM , Rating: 2
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But that doesn't mean you were right.


Ok Sheldon.


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