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California Legislators Approve Robot Cars on Public Roads: Do You?

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Ready to share the road with robots weighing 4,000 pounds of metal moving at speeds up to 65 MPH? California legislators voted to approve California Senate Bill 1298 (SB 1298) that “would permit autonomous vehicles to be operated or tested on the public roads in this state.” The senate bill also added that the robot cars will “offer significant potential safety, mobility, and commercial benefits for individuals and businesses in the state and elsewhere.”

It doesn't surprise me that the state legislator in California, where Google flexes its political power, would allow the bill. It also doesn't surprise me that the state senate already wrote nearly 1,300 new laws. I actually look forward to less California humans driving on the road, particularly in Los Angeles. However, we need to verify that these robots won't suffer road rage and go all "Terminator" on us.

ARSTECHNICA.COM reports:
Legislators pass new law that would set safety and performance standards.
arstechnica reports legislators pass law safety performance standards

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  • sglmom 2012/08/31 02:24:45
    Yes
    sglmom
    +11
    As someone who is BLIND
    I truly am encouraged that these Self-Driving vehicles are going into real life applications ..
    This is going to be ..
    if the costs are brought down to where it is affordable ..
    a BIG BOON in securing independence ..
    the ability to be FREE to move around so much more ..
    for those with Disabilities
    (and definitely for the Vision Impaired/Blind ... especially me!)

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  • baboula 2012/09/02 21:01:44
    No
    baboula
    +1
    soon there will be no need of licenses since no one need learn how to drive since the car does it for you!
  • y so serious 2012/09/02 20:49:38
    Yes
    y so serious
    +2
    What could possibly go wrong
    iRobot car scene  iRobot car
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/09/02 20:06:31 (edited)
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    YES, ...WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE IS "DRIVING" ONE.
  • Rock 2012/09/02 19:39:52
    Yes
    Rock
    +1
    I'm on the fence about this one. Half of me things that if this technology actually works that it might help curb stop and go traffic on the highways during rush hour. I suspect however that these robot cars will not be able to speed and thus that would make my non-rush hour commute longer. Then again, I could sit there and be productive if I don't have to drive. I guess I need more information, but I'm staying open minded. I'm guessing this technology isn't too well received by chauffeurs.
  • Terrain 2012/09/02 19:24:21
    Yes
    Terrain
    +1
    Anyone who says no is kinda stupid not to realize that we already have fully robotic TRAINS not to mention this was always meant to happen and will keep happening and their is nothing you can do about it by saying no...

    First off a robotic driver is far less likely to get into an accident. I drive buses in California, and i would trust of robot over the ton of idiots on the road who Change lane without signaling or the fools who ride in your blind spot then swerve in front of you.

    For the 202 people who said NO realize what time your living in and see how Robotic drivers could be a benefit to us all.

    No more worrying about drunk driver. No one long trips you can sleep and your car will drive for you. Less accidents because Robots are 100 percent more accurate then humans. the list goes on and on
  • s2k 2012/09/02 19:07:09
    Yes
    s2k
    +2
    The robots can't possibly drive any worse
  • Dana 2012/09/02 18:47:47
    Yes
    Dana
    +1
    There the next cool thing why not!
  • yabbadabbadoo 2012/09/02 18:23:10
    No
    yabbadabbadoo
    +1
    hell no.... these satellite controlled cars are anything but safe and reliable and it opens the door to a future im not sure were ready for
  • Magnus ☮ RP ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/09/02 18:22:23
    No
    Magnus ☮ RP ☮ 2012 ☮
    +2
    The epitome of human stupidity: it's arrived, at long last!
  • CODE 11 2012/09/02 18:22:00
    No
    CODE 11
    +2
    Only if there used by people with DWI arrest
  • Tracie Richards~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/02 18:16:52
    Yes
    Tracie Richards~PWCM~JLA
    Although I must admit, this probably wasn't the best article for me to read after watching Maximum Overdrive. XD
  • brunyon 2012/09/02 18:07:56
  • dalgreen 2012/09/02 17:47:55
    Yes
    dalgreen
    +1
    I believe the only way to move forward is to allow things like this to be tested and put into action. Will it be perfect? Probably not, we can just hope and pray and try to be supportive as possible it could be a great benefit in the future, especially if it results in less dui less deaths.
  • Secrios 2012/09/02 17:44:46
    Yes
    Secrios
    +1
    If anyone gets run over; I can blame the robot.
  • whateverbabynevermind 2012/09/02 17:32:42
    No
    whateverbabynevermind
    +2
    HAVE YOU PEOPLE LEARNED NOTHING?
    i  robot
  • Zombie Saddam 2012/09/02 16:53:12
  • Tommy 2012/09/02 16:40:03
    Yes
    Tommy
    +4
    A robot can't get drunk, doesn't apply make-up using the rearview mirror, doesn't chat to other cars or chat on a cell phone while driving. Sounds cool to me.
  • TKramar 2012/09/02 15:54:23
    Yes
    TKramar
    +3
    The robots probably drive better than the people.
  • sm237 2012/09/02 13:44:33
    No
    sm237
    NO....
  • James 2012/09/02 13:39:30
    Yes
    James
    +1
    Perhaps now the idiots will become less idiotic.
  • sodabox 2012/09/02 13:36:00
    Yes
    sodabox
    +2
    Humans are obsolete.

    Humans are obsolete
  • gunner 2012/09/02 12:56:34 (edited)
    No
    gunner
    +1
    On the otherhand, they may show more responsibility than people do. But, I don`t want to be on the road with them.
  • Null_Shock 2012/09/02 12:32:36
    Yes
    Null_Shock
    +2
    It's not a flying car, buy still...about damned time.
  • phil 2012/09/02 12:07:28
    Yes
    phil
    Wby not. New is good
  • Arianne 2012/09/02 11:21:44
    Yes
    Arianne
    +1
    So as long as its not skynet
  • Russian 2012/09/02 09:40:04
    No
    Russian
    +1
    Doesn't surprise me that California approves this...
  • Drebi 2012/09/02 08:21:37
    Yes
    Drebi
    +2
    They'll probably drive better than most people!
  • Larry777 2012/09/02 07:13:27
    No
    Larry777
    +2
    I think it is in its beta state, we need to wait a while before we allow this stuff. People could get hurt.
  • Common Sense Conservative 2012/09/02 06:40:35
    No
    Common Sense Conservative
    +1
    Hell NO!
  • Bibliophilic 2012/09/02 06:03:14
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    +2
    A car that can navigate better than most of the morons on the road today? Yes!
  • Miesha 2012/09/02 05:46:35
    Yes
    Miesha
    They have a better driving record than humans! Hell Yes!!!
  • Link Miesha 2012/09/02 12:13:23
    Link
    +2
    Driving record? They haven't been around enough to have developed even a hint of a driving record...
  • Null_Shock Link 2012/09/02 12:59:32
    Null_Shock
    There is a lot of videos out there of more primitive SI controlled cars and they did better than most people I've seen on the road. Humanity's collective record sucks anyway, AI controlled cars won't have a problem in that area.
  • Larry Miesha 2012/10/03 08:11:09
    Larry
    were you born an Idiot? Or somewhere along the line you hit your head
  • Max Power 2012/09/02 05:28:35
    Yes
    Max Power
    +4
    But as part of these laws, every single programmer who contributed to the project, and every top Google Exec. should have to consent to a road trip across America in these cars.
  • gunner Max Power 2012/09/02 12:59:48
    gunner
    +2
    Along with a load of California Legislators too !
  • bamennona 2012/09/02 05:05:03
    Yes
    bamennona
    +1
    This would end a lot of law suits
  • gunner bamennona 2012/09/02 13:04:47
    gunner
    +1
    How so ? I see an opportunity for endless suits. Every manufacturer of every single component,nut,bolt assembly plant and employee who ever even looked at the thing. Including the dealer and salesman who sold it.
  • David 2012/09/02 04:44:20
    No
    David
    +2
    I would have to see unbiased and extensive testing results from this.
  • dekecds 2012/09/02 04:25:58
    Yes
    dekecds
    +1
    I know the lawyers will love these cars, Lol! Now a lawsuit over an accident won't be like squeezing blood out of a turnip (ie; money out of an under-insured driver with a low paying job). They can just sue the manufacturer for vague, barely proven, mechanical/software faults!

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