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Jerry Brown to sign Bill at Google to make autonomous vehicles road legal

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.

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