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Google’s driverless car system has been declared legal

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  • February 11, 2016

Google's driverless car system has been declared legal

Google’s driverless car system has been declared legal

Google’s self-driving car, a sophisticated piece of artificial intelligence, is one step closer to being allowed on the roads after the US road regulator gave its seal of approval.

A letter from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to Google, published this week, said the driverless system could be given the same legal definition as a real human driver thanks to technological advancements.

The document said: “If no human occupant of the vehicle can actually drive the vehicle, it is more reasonable to identify the driver as whatever (as opposed to whoever) is doing the driving.

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“In this instance, an item of motor vehicle equipment, the SDS (self-driving system), is actually driving the vehicle.”

Up until this point, driverless cars have not been considered safe or roadworthy – so this is a legal breakthrough for Google.

Now, with the NHTSA’s blessing, the self-driving pod can take the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards test.

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