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California Legislators Back Driverless Car Technology

By Kelly Balamuth on March 5, 2012

Nevada recently became the first U.S. state to allow testing of cars that drive themselves using computer technology developed by Google. Now, the California State Legislature is also considering implementing regulations for the testing of these experimental vehicles.

At least one prototype of these “driverless cars,” a Toyota Prius modified with software developed by Google, is already being tested within the state. Some lawmakers want to institute state regulations that govern where, when, and how these vehicles can be tested. Supporters of these new regulations say that they will maximize safety and provide a blueprint to developers for getting the vehicles to be market-ready.

Many automakers are already including self-controlling elements in some vehicles to prevent auto accidents. Cars with sensors that correct a car when it drifts out of its lane, for instance, or when it is too close to the vehicle ahead of it, are already available to consumers. But Google’s experiments with a vehicle that is entirely self-operating have inspired lawmakers in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and other states to start regulating the use of these technologies.

Driverless cars may become common in the future, but presently, sharing the road with cars that have human drivers still poses a wide range of risks. Whether you’ve been injured in a car crash, a pedestrian accident, bicycle crash, or motorcycle accident, the skilled Northern California personal injury attorneys at Balamuth Law can help. To discuss your needs with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call us toll-free today at (888) 254-1234.

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