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The research will include topics such as safety standards (such as crashtest results) and software security (to ensure that hackers don't take over)

Recognizing that autonomous vehicles are the future of the automotive industry, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that it is getting ready to create performance standards and regulations for the driverless cars through an extensive research project.
The NHTSA said today that it will partake in a two- to three-year research project that will lead to new rules and regulations for autonomous vehicles. The research will include topics such as safety standards (such as crashtest results) and software security (to ensure that hackers don't take over). 
Autonomous cars could prove to be beneficial in terms of reducing congestion and fuel use. They could also assist those who are unable to drive, such as the elderly and those who are blind.  
Google is one major technology company that is backing the deployment of autonomous vehicles -- mainly because it has been testing its own driverless vehicles on public roads. The company recently logged 300,000 accident-free miles
Last month, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a bill to create safety standards for autonomous vehicles after taking a cruise in one himself. Senate Bill 1298 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) 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. 

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: overreach
By drycrust3 on 10/25/2012 10:52:52 AM , Rating: 2
All in all, I would say its already ready for mainstream use, thumbs up.

When you add to this things like Nissan's electric steering, you can see that soon you may well just have something like a Playstation console to drive with. Large trucks, buses, and other vehicles which require a fair amount of investment to buy them, are also the places where the cost of autonomous driver control wouldn't add a significant amount to the cost of the vehicle.
...Unfortunately, I do think this is another case where computers will replace people. In the future ... being "a truck driver" could well be a job done in an air conditioned office done in the middle of a city.

RE: overreach
By Jeffk464 on 10/25/2012 1:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine for a while it would still be like commercial aviation where you have the driver sitting in the seat driving in some places ex loading dock and for safety, while the computer does the highway driving. In aviation the pilots basically land and takeoff but don't do much flying in between, they are still managing the systems though.

RE: overreach
By Ramstark on 10/25/2012 2:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I share that opinion, a human driver could take "out of the box" decisions when parking those huge trucks and boy they are quite agile on those things!

In my country City roads are not designed for them, nevertheless, you see them loading and unloading cargo using such small space that it turns out in an spectacle worthy of the applause of the passing byers...

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