Robots May Soon Be Considered Lawful Drivers

Robots May Soon Be Considered Lawful Drivers

We’ve been following the self-driving car phenomenon since 2010. What started off as a crazy Google project, has expanded to include Tesla, Apple, Nissan, and several others. Now Google is working on the regulators to try to get the technology accepted from a legal perspective. Despite the fact that California has agreed to issue self-driving car licenses, the legal definition of “driver” still infers a human operator. This may be changing though. Reportedly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been considering amending this definition. If Google gets their way, a robot could soon be considered a driver in the eyes of the law. Esentially, the age of the robotic chauffeur has arrived. In the near future, people could go on road trips without ever touching the steering wheel.

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