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IN Science & Technology ON 28 Jan, 2016
As soon as it emerges from the prototype testing, the companies owning the self-driving cars want them to be put to use by the general public. But, not so easily! They require the laws and regulations to be formulated and changed in a way that paves the way for the emerging technology to be accepted and put to practice.
Earlier this month, federal official had officially announced that they are putting down an aggressive plan to use this technology sooner than later.
According to the US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, his department will accelerate the process and probably waive regulations, and, in written guidance, federal officials said, "fully automated vehicles are nearing the point at which widespread deployment is feasible."
Google has said that it is not ready yet, but the thing is that a dozen other companies are moving ahead on the technology, including the traditional automakers. But, Google has revealed that a model for limited use might be out sooner than we realize!
The Department of motor vehicles, California, is currently in a state of indecisiveness pertaining to the regulation that must be implemented for the safety of the public. Today, the DMV has heard out the advocates and skeptics on precedent-setting draft regulations it had released last month.
Google has, in fact, concluded that human error is the one biggest risk which is unavoidable, too! It is planning to remove the steering wheel and the pedals in order to give the minimum chance to a human to take over.
On the contrary, the DMV has said that in the event of an emergency, it is necessary for a licensed human driver to take over the self-driving car, and thereby it becomes a necessity to keep the steering and the pedals as it is.
The DMV hasn't been taking notice of the collisions that took place in California during the prototype testing of Google cars, all of which, claims Google, have been due to the mistakes of other human drivers. We hope things get on track and cleared up soon!