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Google’s Driverless Cars will be legally treated like human drivers

Google's driverless car

Google/Alphabet’s driverless car. Photo credits: Google (accessed from Popular Science)

The artificial intelligence system that operates self-driving cars developed by Google/Alphabet is now considered the driver by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) according to an exclusive report from Reuters.

The system which “has no need for a human driver” will be treated as separate from the vehicle’s occupants. This now will clear the way for Google or other automakers developing driverless systems to develop systems that communicate directly with their cars. However, current federal law does not allow for steering wheels and brake pedals to not be part of the vehicle.

NHTSA said then it would write guidelines for self-driving cars within six months. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the administration may seek new legal authority to allow deployment of autonomous vehicles “in large numbers,” when they are deemed safe, the department said.

For more on this subject, check out the article from Reuters.

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