The idea of a self-driven vehicle is nothing new, but the only problem is that companies producing such technology have to go through various legislations to make it legal.  Google has managed to convince legislators in California to pass a bill that will allow Google’s recently developed Autonomous Prius to cruise on public roads.

Warning: if you like driving your car and being in control of it, then this particular article might just make you a little mad. 

The idea of a self-driven vehicle is nothing new, but the only problem is that companies producing such technology have to go through various legislations to make it legal.  Google has managed to convince legislators in California to pass a bill that will allow Google’s recently developed Autonomous Prius to cruise on public roads. 

Senate Bill 1298, authored by Senator Alex Padilla, passed with a unanimous vote of 37-0.  The bill will go on the assembly floor for the State Assembly to vote on, and is expected to pass within the next few months. 

(Sen. Padilla in Google's Autonomous Prius, courtesy of the Associated Press)

Padilla endorsed the bill by saying, “Thousands of Californians tragically die in auto accidents each year.  The vast majority of these collisions are due to human error. Through the use of computers, sensors and other systems, an autonomous vehicle can analyze the driving environment more quickly and accurately, and can operate the vehicle more safely.”

It seems as if Google has struck yet another gold mine, but Google won’t be able to monetize on the Autonomous Prius just yet.  For the vehicle to be considered safe on California’s public streets it would have to follow strict guidelines and standards set by the California High Patrol (CHP). 

Although Google’s new car can drive itself, the general consensus is that a licensed driver must be at the helm regardless.  So don’t be too quick to assume that if you don’t have a license you can just purchase an autonomous car.

If you’re a car enthusiast and you’ve managed to read this far into the article you might be thinking what’s the point of having a car if you can’t even enjoy controlling it?  Safety is one thing but the thrill of knowing when you are the master of your domain is another.  Perhaps I dwell too much on the thrill to realize the significance of the safety end of an autonomous car. 

Even if I don’t personally want to be driven everywhere by a computer, Arizona, Hawaii, Florida and Oklahoma are other states that have a similar bill in the making that will support Google’s autonomous car. 

The world of computers running all aspects people’s lives is just around the corner.  I just hope that Google’s autonomous car doesn’t turn into one of those sci-fi flick that depicts robots and computers destroying mankind because humans lost control over them.  Got thoughts on how Google’s autonomous car will turn out?  Post a question or comment below!