“Today we’re looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow’s reality—the self-driving car,” stated California governor Jerry Brown, as he signed the state legislation that will pay the way for driverless cars. Google has been testing autonomous vehicles for years now and believes that self-driving cars will be available on the market within the next 10 years.
After safely experiencing a trip to Google’s headquarters in a self-driving Prius, Brown supports the new technology with a legislation that will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate driverless vehicles on roads and highways in California. Google’s autonomous vehicles have been utilizing sensor technology which can track pedestrians, understand traffic lights, and can merge at highway speeds—everything a driver does on a daily basis.
With what seems the inevitable of autonomous cars on the market, Google co-founder Sergey Brin points that these vehicles will create safer roads because, “self-driving cars will be far safer than human-driven cars.” As most testing has proven, the self-driving tech seems to work without a hitch. With no plans to manufacture their own vehicle, the only question now is which automaker Google plans to partner with first to develop autonomous vehicles.