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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 self-driving cars.

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.

Sources:, CNN

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Who gets the speeding ticket?
By lightfoot on 9/27/2012 1:03:06 PM , Rating: 2
So when this car gets pulled over for speeding (or any other traffic violation,) who gets the ticket?

The passenger?

The car owner?

The car manufacturer?


RE: Who gets the speeding ticket?
By hughlle on 9/27/2012 1:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering how the insurance would work and if so how the insurance companies will react to it. I'm certainly not paying lots of insurance if i'm not the person driving it.

By freedom4556 on 9/27/2012 1:37:30 PM , Rating: 2
Liability was always the issue. That's how insurance works; spread the costs from the risk from the bad drivers across the good drivers, but not enough to run them off. There will probably be a discount for computer driving once it's proven safer than humans. I can just see a huge "overage" type penalty for taking the car into 'manual.' Anybody else have huge iRobot deja vu?

RE: Who gets the speeding ticket?
By degobah77 on 9/28/2012 12:46:37 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is that no one gets a speeding ticket if the car is programmed to only go the posted limit.

I don't think this will ever be adopted on a large scale.

With counties, states, lawyers, courts raking in massive amounts of cash off of people going 10-20 miles over a speed limit that is conveniently set at 10-15mph lower than it should be, how are they going to replace that revenue when cars don't speed anymore?

Speed traps don't enforce safety, they enforce a steady reliable income. Self-driving cars kill off that market altogether!

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