Robots can get their driver's license in California later this year

Google Self Driving Car
By Simon Sage on 22 May 2014 04:07 pm
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Self-driving connected cars are inching closer to daily reality from Google-borne pipe dream. A handful of select co-pilots will be able to get licenses through the San Francisco DMV to get around town in one of the otherwise-unmanned vehicles. Fees are $150 for 10 drivers and 20 vehicles. Applications will be accepted in July and licenses issued in September.

Before you get too worried that the roads will be full of crazy robot-controlled cars with nary a care for the fleshsacks that obstruct their inalienable route, there are some hefty restrictions in place. Test drivers can't have any DUIs on their record, have to be able to immediately take control of the vehicle at all times, and must be insured for at least $5 million in personal injury, death, or property damage. You can scope out the extensive list of limitations here.

How do you guys feel about the idea of sharing the road with a car that's driven by a computer? Is a spinning, perpetually-scanning camera on the roof just as good as human eyes? Is it better?

Via: TechCrunch

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Robots can get their driver's license in California later this year

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I'm looking forward to them being available throughout the US. Assuming the perform as advertised, the roads should be safer. HOPEFULLY.

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I wonders how long this would take. I'm all for it. I think this will be the way of the not so distant future and would love to see how they do in the real world. But I'm also glad I live on the opposite side of the country should something happen ;)

I think they are better when it comes to complying with the laws.
I don't think sonething will happen because they can predict so much, where the other drivers will drive etc.

Awesome car! The best I've seen so far. I don't need a car who can drive for me. I just want a car with banging sounds, rocking multimedia capabilities and blazing fast Internet speed.

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In theory it should be safer if all goes as planned. But software can have bugs and hardware can have kinks..we'll have to see how this goes.

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I love the idea, but I'm glad I'm not apart of the test market area. Until they have been on the roads and all bugs have been worked out, then I wouldn't feel safe. With all the recent hacks going on, who is preventing the cars from being hacked to run someone over? Who would be liable in that situation?

As I said earlier. I'm glad I don't live in the test market...

I'm looking forward to the day I can eat breakfast, read the news, and fall asleep while stuck in traffic on the way to work. But when it comes to driving along a twisty road through the mountains or along the sea coast, I most definitely want to drive that myself. I also feel bad for anyone who makes a living by driving.

I'm hoping they perform as well as expected since I've come to believe the roads will be safer with self-driving cars.