A bill allowing self-driving cars on California roadways has passed the California State Senate and will now go before the Assembly next month.
SB1298, sponsored by State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, would allow for "autonomous vehicles" to be tested and operated in California, according to the Los Angeles Times. Search giant Google has received a patent for driverless cars last year, and has lobbied heavily in Nevada for the use of the cars.
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- Sets up safety and performance standards for the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on California’s public roads.
- Allows for the operation of autonomous vehicles on California’s public roads by a licensed driver.
- Requires that an autonomous vehicle meets all applicable safety standards and performance requirements in state and federal law.
- Allows the Highway Patrol, in consultation with the Department of Motor Vehicles, to recommend to the legislature additional requirements for the safe operation of such vehicles on California’s roads.
- Last year, similar legislation was signed into law in Nevada. In addition, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida and Oklahoma are all currently considering autonomous-vehicle legislation.