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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: CA.gov, CNN



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RE: Problem
By Rukkian on 9/27/2012 3:38:59 PM , Rating: 1
I am not sure why it would need to be all or nothing. So far the 300k miles driven without incident (of which many were in traffic) shows that we can have both. While it is not fool proof, I think that the computer can calculate what other drivers may do, and since they can see 360deg, would probably be better than alot of humans at anticipating what other idjits will do.

I think that, if done right, this could have a huge impact on safety of highways as well as dropping traffic jams.

I would love to have the option to have an automated vehicle for my 60m commutes each day, then be able to drive when I feel like it as well.

I do not support mandating autonomous vehicles, and don't think it could ever get passed (at least in my lifetime).


RE: Problem
By Ammohunt on 9/27/2012 4:24:46 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I do not support mandating autonomous vehicles, and don't think it could ever get passed (at least in my lifetime).


I thought the same about Government Health Care...


RE: Problem
By diggernash on 9/27/2012 6:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
The glaring difference between the ideology of self versus the ideology of the hive in this post makes me increasingly depressed about our future as a species. I'm just waiting on the Mongol horde to show up at our doorstep and teach us about the weakness of civility.

I also pity the makers of athletic cups, as shown there will be no market for them.


RE: Problem
By MadMan007 on 9/30/2012 10:24:23 AM , Rating: 2
Unless you're over 47 years old, 'Government Health Care' in the U.S. has existed for your entire life.


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