New Bill Makes Testing of Self-Driving Cars Legal in California
September 27, 2012 12:12 PM
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The new bill notes that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has until January 1, 2015 to adopt the new regulations
We may not have flying cars yet, but the state of California is getting a taste of the future with a newly-signed bill for
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a bill to create safety standards for autonomous vehicles earlier this week after taking one for a test drive himself. The bill is Senate Bill 1298 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), which states that self-driving cars can be used on public roads for testing purposes only as long as there is a licensed operator in the driver's seat to take over if needed.
"Autonomous vehicles are another example of how California's technological leadership is turning today's science fiction into tomorrow's reality," said Governor Brown. "This law will allow California's pioneering engineers to safely test and implement this amazing new technology."
Self-driving cars are being considered in an effort to cut highway fatalities, highway congestion and pollution. It also offers a new form of transportation for those with disabilities.
Governor Brown signed the bill at the Googleplex alongside Google executives. The tech giant recently announced that its self-driving cars had
logged 300,000 accident-free miles
during tests. Google plans to be at the forefront of the cutting-edge technology.
The new bill notes that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has until January 1, 2015 to adopt the new regulations.
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9/27/2012 12:45:30 PM
I do think that I will fall asleep while my car drives me around because of my long commute to work. But the thought of letting a robot handle my life... is still terrifying to me.
9/27/2012 12:52:58 PM
I don't care. I don't and will never live in a large city. They can self-drive all they want. I will say that if it will improve driving times, ie no traffic jams, through cities then I'm all for it.
9/27/2012 1:31:16 PM
The safety advantage of not being "behind the wheel" is if a 'robot' is driving your car, then you can be in a safer position when it crashes. If this technology catches on, I see passengers being moved toward the center of the vehicle when cars become fully automated.
But like in I Robot, there will likely always be a manual override to take control (and there should be.)
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