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Unmanned systems 2014 – The signs are accumulating. California DMV gives green signal to Google’s driverless cars. More states in the U.S are in line and other countries will not be left behind. According to Inferse driverless cars have endured California testing, but Florida, Nevada, Michigan, and possibly Texas can expect to see them as early as February 2015.
Google’s self-driving car project has had everyone wondering when they can expect the new technology on the road. A new report says that the self-driving cars will be opened to manufacturer testing on the road as soon as this Fall – specifically, around September 16th, as soon as the driving requirements take place. California’s DMV division adopted driverless car testing rules earlier this week.
So far, Google has been testing its autonomous cars, and the search engine giant hasn’t racked up a single ticket on the unmanned vehicles (some accidents have occurred, but at the hands of human drivers). Other manufacturers who have had an interest in the technology, however, have been kept out of the project. Now, California has set its driverless car requirements into effect. As of September 16, 2014, manufacturers that test Google’s driverless cars must apply for an autonomous driving permit from the state of California after undergoing an autonomous driving course.
The need for a special course consists of the fact that, unlike traditional driving courses, autonomous vehicle drivers must know what to do in an emergency when taking over the vehicle and assuming driver control. Traditional vehicles, as you know, require driver control at all times.
Driverless cars will test drivers’ reflexes and knowledge in the event that something goes wrong. Once a manufacturer applies for a permit, the individual that will sit behind the wheel must have basic knowledge of the technology, how it works, and must supply the make and model number of the vehicle subject to testing. In order to pay for accidents caused, the manufacturer in question must maintain a $5 million insurance policy that will provide financial support.
Google’s home state, California, has been the first to see driverless cars come to its streets, but Nevada, Florida, and Michigan will see Google’s driverless cars tested on its streets sooner rather than later. Texas has also passed laws permitting driverless cars and provided driving rules, but the state mandates a human driver at the wheel at all times.