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<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-84239" title="Volvo road train test" src="http://blog.caranddriver.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Volvo-road-train-test.jpg" alt="Volvo road train test" width="626" height="382" /> Like many automakers, safe-car maven Volvo has introduced some semi-autonomous technology in its cars in the past few years—City Safety being the big one. But it also has been working on a little side project called SARTRE.
The California Senate passed a bill on Monday, May 21, that would “establish safety and performance standards” for operating autonomous (driverless) vehicles on the state’s public roads. The bill will now be considered by the State Assembly.
Last week, I wrote about Google’s amazing new self-driving car , which CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman and I had the opportunity to test-ride in downtown Washington, D.C.
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The California State Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would establish safety and performance standards for self-driving cars in California.
May 21, 2012 | Mary Slosson | Reuters
This one is for all those autonomous vehicle makers out there who need a cheap autopilot system to make it go.
MIT AgeLab research scientist Bryan Reimer spoke at the NEMPA Autonomous Vehicle Conference at MIT on May 11. Dr. Reimer’s talk was entitled Automated Vehicles: A Safety Enhancement or Threat?
Google's self-driving car made the rounds this week in DC as Mountain View lobbied lawmakers and interest groups to endorse its autonomous vehicle technology. A driver-free Prius, equipped with an advanced spinning laser sensor, successfully navigated busy streets near the Capitol, as Google rep Anthony Levandowski explained how the car could ultimately help make driving safer. "We think it has tremendous benefits, for society and America at large," Levandowski told Politico .
Google can put away its experimental car, claims BMW, because driverless vehicles are already here. According to the outgoing director of development at BMW, Dr Klaus Draeger, self-driving technology has been around for years.
(Photo Caption:Audi TT with autonomous capabilities)
California is on its way to taking a ride with the autonomous car. By a vote of 37-0, the State Senate approved Senate Bill 1298 (you can read it here ) that begins to establish how guidelines on and oversight of self-driving vehicles will be handled. The bill charges the Department of the California Highway Patrol and the Department of Motor Vehicles with providing recommendations to the legislature on "the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on California's public roads" with and without a licensed driver present.
One of my first rules of robocars is “you don’t change the infrastructure.” Changing infrastructure is very hard, very expensive, requires buy-in from all sorts of parties who are slow to make decisions, and even if you do change it, you then have a functionality that only works in the places you have managed to change it.