Google’s autonomous car took the tech world by storm when it was first spotted in October 2010. The state of Nevada approved Google’s self-driving cars last year in June and recently; California has joined the list of state willing to have self-driving cars on its roads and has proposed to pass rules for autonomous cars.
Nevada was the first state of choice for Google’s driverless cars because it has ample open space. However, the state of California will not be an easy drive-by for Google. Apparently, Google is not the only one trying out autonomous cars in California. Caltech and Stanford research are also working on autonomous car technologies on their own, so the competition is tough. Although Google has been prompt enough to secure a patent for driverless cars, Volkswagen has already showcased an autonomous VW Passat with an in-house self-driving technology. From a holistic perspective, multiple tech foundries are working on autonomous driving, and Google and Volkswagen are leading in the race.
A bill proposed by California Senator Alex Padilla would set guidelines for the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles within the state. If passed, Padilla’s bill would require the California Highway Patrol to establish standards and performance requirements for autonomous vehicles operated on the state’s roads.
The idea of having an AI control cars is marvelous in itself, and it will only get better with more and more cars using this technology. At one point, it would be of significant business value for Google to make these cars communicating with each other. This will probably solve traffic problems in many cities.