California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. has signed a new legislation which allowing driverless cars to be operated on the state roads and highways. After taking a short ride using one of Google’s driverless cars, Brown visited Google headquarter to sign the legislation. The bill will now allow a self-driving car to obtain a license plate in California. Google has been working hard and lobbying for the legislation. The bill will also boost Silicon Valley as the home of nurturing high technology industry. Experts believe the California's bill may contain fewer restrictions on the way it operates in California than other states, such as Nevada.
Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin considers that self-driving cars can provide transport to people who have difficulties to drive themselves including blind people, disabled, elderly and intoxicated (due to consuming alcohol). Study shows that self-driving cars can help reduce congestion in urban areas.
In early August 2012, Google’s self-driving cars had completed for over 480K kilometers (300K miles) testing without a single incident. Based on this record, experts believe that Google’s futuristic cars are safer than regular cars which are driven by human.
(Image: a sample of Google’s self-driving car, a Lexus RX450h)