Autodrive Cars Are Now Legal

5:19 pm in Trends by Jason Baskey


Last week, Google took one more step towards a freaky, Minority Report-esque future by convincing California governor Jerry Brown to make autonomous (driverless) vehicles street legal. Governor Brown came to the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA to sign SB 1298, a bill that “creates a legal framework and safety standards for autonomous vehicles on state roads and highways.”

Technically, the bill wasn’t really necessary, since Cali’s vehicle laws were written in the early 20th century when the idea of a driverless car would get you burned at the stake for witchcraft. But with this bill, it’s clear that the super-smart cars have the full support of the state.

Google’s Autonomous Vehicle uses a combination of radar, sensors and computer navigation to drive itself…but will legally require a human driver to be present as back-up. So, no sending your robot car to go pick up a case of beer for you.