U.S. set to review driving rules to embrace Google automated vehicles

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 5 years ago

Google has been working on making automatic automobiles since 2013. Their progress has been phenomenal as they have designed cars that do not need a human driver initially. The vehicles have been often spotted at their base in California. Recent test across a wider set of demographic locations and climatic conditions has made the US realize they need to review the driving rules to accommodate the new generation of cars. However, NHTSA stated it will take some time for the discussions to take place.

At the moment, the rules say that a driver is anyone who is behind the steering wheel and controls the movement of the vehicle. Google is looking to review that clause to change it from whomever to whatever. “If no human occupant of the vehicle can actually drive the car, it is more reasonable to identify the driver as whatever is doing the driving,” said chief counsel of the NHTSA, Paul A. Hemmersbaugh. “In essence, Google seeks to produce a vehicle that contains L4 automated driving capabilities, and removes conventional driver controls and interfaces.”
The principal point of concern to Google is the fear of human-computer conflict during driving. The company feels that the humans in the vehicle would try to alter the movement of the car by acceleration, deceleration, and turning. Such a situation would significantly reduce the safety of the car.
The government’s stand on changing the rules is very encouraging for all companies who look to venture into the driverless car. The government went a step further by placing $4 billion in research of the driverless vehicles for the next 10 years.