Today’s Latin Lesson Honors the Governor Signing Legislation to Allow Driverless Cars on California Roads



A Posse ad Esse

“From Possibility to Reality”


Gov.  Jerry Brown signed  legislation allowing limited operation of the driverless cars at Google’s Mountain View headquarters on September 25. Google’s fleet of a dozen self-driving vehicles, mainly Toyota Priuses, has logged more than 300,000 miles of self-driving without an accident, the company says. 

What are called “autonomous” cars use computers and sensors  to operate independently but drivers can ovverride the autopilot at any time. 

The new law — SB 1298 by Sen. Alex Padilla, Los Angeles Democrat — requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles to create regulations for autonomous vehicles by Jan. 1, 2015. There’s no mention of such vehicles currently because the technology is so new. Google is the sponsor of Padilla’s bill. Under the regulations, a licensed driver would still need to be behind the wheel of any autonomous vehicle.



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  1. What if someone sends a tweet or places a cellphone call while the computer is driving? What then? OMG! Will the computer get a ticket? What if it crashes while texting? Or talking? We’ll need a whole new Article in the Code. One, hopefully, not based on the humanoid experience with distractive devices.

    Comment by lotuslover — 9.27.2012 @ 8:40 pm

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