California lawmakers will soon consider legislation that would establish guidelines for allowing self-driving cars on the state’s roadways. In an effort to reduce the number of collisions caused by human error Volvo, Audi, BMW and Google have been working to develop state of the art computerized sensors and other analytical systems programmed to evaluate and respond to road conditions and obstacles to enable a car to safely control itself on the road. According to the companies working toward self-driving vehicles the development of the technology could ease traffic conditions, reduce the number of collisions and increase fuel efficiency. Google has already logged 200,000 miles of test drives for its self-driving vehicles on of California roadways. No Californian legislation currently regulates self-driving cars, but that may soon change.
As of yet, the state of Nevada is the only state to pass legislation allowing self-driving cars on its streets and highways. Oklahoma, Florida, Hawaii and Arizona are also considering legislation providing guidelines for the legal use of self-driving automobiles.
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