Wednesday 20 November 2019

Driverless cars ready to roll with new leglislation

Google has been developing autonomous car technology and lobbying for regulations.
Google has been developing autonomous car technology and lobbying for regulations.

Jan Simmon Los Angeles

California governor Jerry Brown travelled to Google headquarters in a self-driving Toyota Prius -- then signed state legislation that will pave the way for driverless cars.

The bill by Democratic senator Alex Padilla will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate autonomous vehicles on the state's roads.

"Today we're looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality -- the self-driving car," Mr Brown said. "Anyone who gets inside a car and finds out the car is driving will be a little skittish but they'll get over it."

Google has been developing autonomous car technology and lobbying for regulations. The company's fleet of computer-controlled vehicles has logged over 300,000 miles without an accident, it says.

"I expect that self-driving cars will be far safer than human-driven cars," Google co-founder Sergey Brin said.

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