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 4:34:00 PM
Personally, I think that this is great. Here is why:
Lets say you have a line of traffic 8 miles long, traveling at an appx speed of 16mph. It will take about a half hour to get through the traffic. IN THEORY, if all 8 miles of cars could accelerate/brake together, then the traffic could accelerate to 60mph and traverse the same distance in 8 minutes. Traffic commute times could be drastically reduced.
The problem: not all cars are created equal. I suspect that a really good self-drive commute would rely on all cars on the road having the same performance, reliability, etc (i.e. Everyone has to purchase the same self-driving car!). Yuck.
9/28/2012 2:48:28 AM
The problem is not that important, if there is rudimentary communication between vehicles they should be able to co-ordinate their efforts. and even the worst car in the jam in theory should manage 90mph and be able to accelerate to 60mph in under a minute. So it would be 9 minutes and everyone can have different auto cars.
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