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California Approves Bill Allowing Driverless Cars On State Roadways

One rather large company that you can find pushing driverless cars can be found in California and is widely known as Google. Google is one of the largest supporters of driverless cars and actually has a fleet of vehicles that have been able to tally up over 300,000 accident-free miles while driving themselves. Ah, the power of Artificial Intelligence. The State of Nevada already allows driverless cars on their roadways, but it’s now looking like California wants to get in on this gig too.

California really didn’t want to fall behind and lost the high-tech edge the state has. Supporters within  the state have constantly been trying to push to get driverless vehicles approved for use on the public roadways in the state of California. Thanks to then, the state legislature has just approved a bill that will be paving the way for further use of driverless cars. These cars are now allowed to cruise highways in this state thanks to State Senator Alex Padilla whom authored the bill. I’m actually kind of excited to see this pass, it’ll be interesting to see these driverless cars in action.

The bill had been passed by the state Assembly this Wednesday and then was approved by the state Senate on Thursday of this week. There is only one last hurdle before the bill is completely legal, it’s going to need to be signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown. If Governor Brown decides to approve the bill, these driverless vehicles will have the ability to legally operate within the Golden State. On the basis that it is in California’s best interest to stay high-tech, and the fact that it was passed by the senate, this bill is very likely to get passed by the Governor.

What’s also interesting is that by signing the bill into law, this would also put the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in complete control of determine the standards for self-driving cars. This could actually be a rather large challenge and even potentially another hurdle to overcome. There are currently no laws or rulings in place that regulate driverless vehicles within the current vehicle code. Considering that the driverless cars have wracked up over 300,000 miles without an accident there really shouldn’t be a whole lot to regulate. Thus it probably won’t be a huge hurdle to overcome. Besides, before the DMV in California begins to regulate these vehicles, they need to learn how they work first. Supporters of self-driving cars are highly hoping that the technology will be able to help reduce accidents and congestion on roads around the Golden State. Considering that Google’s iteration of the driverless car hasn’t had an accident yet, I also am in support of this and would love to see the technology further.

Any thoughts on Google’s driverless cars? They probably are going to be super expensive, but it’ll be really cool to see these cars to start getting on the road and reducing accidents. Just wait until we have driverless police cars!

source: Slash Gear