Government Will Consider Google Computer to Be Car's Driver - NBC Bay Area
South Bay

South Bay

The latest news from around the South Bay

Government Will Consider Google Computer to Be Car's Driver

The redefinition of "driver" is an important break for Google and a big step toward getting self-driving cars to the public.

    Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018 Medal Count
    Country
    Total
    1
    Norway
    1110829
    2
    Germany
    117523
    3
    Canada
    85619
    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Government Will Consider Google Computer to Be Car's Driver

    The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their drivers. Scott Budman reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016)

    The federal government's highway safety agency agrees with Google: Computers that will control cars of the future can be considered their drivers.

    The redefinition of "driver" is an important break for Google and a big step toward getting self-driving cars to the public. But the company still has a long journey ahead before the cars without steering wheels or pedals arrive in great numbers.

    While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agreed with Google's "driver" reinterpretation in a recent letter, it didn't allow other concessions.

    For instance, Google claimed the cars met requirements for foot or hand brakes because the electronic driver can stop them. But the government said regulations are clear and would have to be changed to allow that.
     

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android