Driverless Cars: Now Street-Legal in California

Original Article written by Chris Taylor.

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Take it from a California resident: you see a lot of crazy things in this state. And it’s about to get a lot crazier, thanks to Jerry Brown and Google.
Governor Brown came to the Googleplex in Mountain View Tuesday afternoon to sign SB 1298, a bill that “creates a legal framework and safety standards for autonomous vehicles on state roads and highways.”
To put that more plainly, Google — one of the largest and most innovative companies in the state, and now the fifth largest in the US – used its considerable wealth and charm to nudge the state legislature in Sacramento into letting it test its fleet of driverless cars without too much hassle.
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The bill wasn’t entirely necessary. California doesn’t actually say a car has to have a driver, since autonomous autos weren’t even envisaged when the state passed its first motor laws in the early 20th century. (Google’s cars use a combination of sensors, radar and computer navigation; an emergency back-up human or two is always present in the vehicle.)
Google has been testing its vehicles on California roads since 2010. One trip back then took a Google vehicle from San Francisco to Santa Monica, via the famously beautiful and twisty Pacific Coast Highway, without anyone at the wheel.
But the driverless car does have a habit of attracting attention from local sheriffs, who are confused and ultimately delighted (when they pull it over, it’s usually because they want a

Original Article written by Chris Taylor.

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