Get ready for driverless cars next year in CaliforniaPosted 10:13 am on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
Oh yes, the future is so close. Remember the scene in Minority Report where Tom Cruise gets inside a fully-automated self-driving Lexus? Looks like we can thank Google for making the technology a reality to public streets soon. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law Tuesday that will allow self-driving cars on California public roads next year. Google has been working on a self-driving car since 2010 and is using a modified Prius as a test car.
So how does the technology work? It uses video cameras, radar sensors, lasers and a collected information from cars driven by people.
From Reuters: “The new law goes into effect next year and establishes safety and performance regulations for testing driverless cars, provided an operator is ready to take control if necessary.
However, it will likely take years before a fully self-driving autonomous vehicle hits the road, industry official say.”
So do you guys think this is a good idea? Imagine an accident caused by a driverless car. Then again, imagine a person already driving a car while being intoxicated, sleepy or distracted via mobile phones, putting on makeup, or eating.
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.