Thursday, December 17, 2015

Google's Self- Driving Car Meets Asinine Government Bureaucracy

Mark Bergen writes:
The first ever regulations for self-driving cars rolled out of California on Wednesday — and Google is very displeased.

After putting out ground rules for the testing of autonomous vehicles last year, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued draft rules for the actual deployment of the cars this morning. Some rules, like requiring manufacturers to receive certification and pass certain cyber security thresholds, were expected.

But the surprise — and the big snag for Google — is that the rules expressly declare that a licensed driver must be present in the front seat at all times.

In a statement, Google’s self-driving car unit slammed the proposed rules:

In developing vehicles that can take anyone from A to B at the push of a button, we’re hoping to transform mobility for millions of people, whether by reducing the 94 percent of accidents caused by human error or bringing everyday destinations within reach of those who might otherwise be excluded by their inability to drive a car. Safety is our highest priority and primary motivator as we do this. We’re gravely disappointed that California is already writing a ceiling on the potential for fully self-driving cars to help all of us who live here.