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