The California State Governor's Press Office have announced that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will be joined by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and local elected officials today at Google Headquarters, in Mountain View, where he will give remarks and sign legislation. plans to sign the recently-passed 'Google robot car bill'.
According to Chris O'Brien, business and technology columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign the recently-passed Google robot car bill to make it legal for their robot cars to be on the streets.
The bill just passed the California legislature after a fierce lobbying campaign by Google.
The bill, SB 1298, which was sponsored by state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Van Nuys would “…allow companies to test self-driven cars on public roads and require the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to draft rules governing use of the vehicles by the public. The measure also would define a car’s “operator” as the person sitting in the driver’s seat, or if there’s no one in the driver’s seat, the person who ’causes the autonomous technology to engage.’ “
Google project led by Sebastian Thrun at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
The Google Driverless Car is a project by Google that involves developing technology for driverless cars. The project is currently being led by Google engineer Sebastian Thrun, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and co-inventor of Google Street View.
In June 2011 the state of Nevada was the first jurisdiction in the United States to pass a law concerning the operation of autonomous cars. The Nevada law went into effect on 1 March 2012, and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles issued the first license for a self-driven car in May 2012. The license was issued to a Toyota Prius modified with Google's experimental driverless technology.