March 1st (today!) is a very important day for the future of autonomous vehicles. For the first time ever, these self-driving cars will be able to legally drive in the United States. A lengthy campaign by Google has led to new provisions in the state of Nevada which allow for a new kind of robot driver’s license. Yes, you read that correctly, a ROBOT driver’s license! A red license plate will be the only mark that these cars are not actually being driven by humans.
With over 50,000 lives lost to careless driving in the United States each year, this a huge step to ensuring the safety of people everywhere. Hopping in your car is probably the most dangerous thing I do every day, so I, personally, welcome this technology with open arms.
I can’t believe the Google car has already logged almost 200,000 miles on the streets without incident.
[via Singularity Hub]