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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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real miles?
By Souka on 9/27/2012 4:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
self-driving cars had logged 300,000 accident-free miles during tests.

300,000 real miles? or did someone leave a car running with the wheel locked at a 45' angle....

Just curios how many real-outdoor miles in uncontrolled situations were actually done? I suspect not many.


RE: real miles?
By Rukkian on 9/27/2012 4:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
Got something to base this on?

I have seen several videos and articles written with people in the cars traveling down actual interstates and highways with cars merging, and even avoiding idiots swerving while taking pictures of the car while they should be driving their own car.

I am sure some of the miles are in optimal conditions, but many were actually out in public. This bill basically lets it get more real world tests to see if it is feasible to have these intermingle with human drivers.

RE: real miles?
By harshbarj on 9/27/2012 8:07:40 PM , Rating: 2
Of those 300,000 miles, only 50,000 were actually done without a human driver holding the wheel. So it's not really that impressive yet.

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