Are we ready for self driving cars?

Google has been working on a self driving car for several years and the states of California, Nevada and Florida already allow these vehicles to be tested on their highways.

Google thinks consumers might see these vehicles in 3 – 5 years but regulators and the insurance industry don’t think you will see them on the roads that quickly.

The vehicles operate using video cameras, radar sensors, and other high tech instruments but not only do you have to make sure that the technology won’t fail, you have all types of regulations that must be dealt with.

“States may have to decide how to license machines rather than people. Insurance companies have to reassess how to assign fault after accidents. Safety standards have to be rewritten to focus on electronics along with mechanics.”

Much of this technology has already found its way into cars being sold today. Just imagine what we will see in the next 5 – 10 years.

Jan

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