Nevada’s governor has approved a bill that is a step towards allowing autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads (Telegraph).
The search engine giant Google has been lobbying for such a change to the law since announcing that it had been testing a car that could drive itself. During thousands of miles driving in California with a qualified driver at the controls – but not touching them – only one collision was recorded; when another car collided with the Google car while it was stationary at a junction.
Expected uses for the technology include driverless taxis and delivery vehicles. In the French city of La Rochelle a test has been carried out with a small fleet of robot taxis that can be called to ranks on demand. Lasers are used to detect pedestrians and other traffic hazards, but as French law bars autonomous vehicles on public roads a conductor has to be present at all times.
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