According to Kurt Ernst, writing on the motor vehicle Web site MotorAuthority, ?[a] bill proposed by California Senator Alex Padilla would set guidelines for the testing and operation of self-driving vehicles within the state.?
Last June, you?ll recall, Nevada became the first state to allow autonomous cars on its public roads, and the Web site RGJ.com reported that in mid-February, a legislative commission there signed off on ?regulations that were vetted by car manufacturers, insurance companies, law enforcement officials and others,? and ?the motor vehicles department is now developing licensing procedures for companies that want to test self-driving cars in Nevada.? Autonomous vehicles being test driven in the state must display a special red license plate, to give notice to human drivers.
But while myriad, safety and legal issues remain before we see legions of consumers get ? err ? behind the wheel of an autonomous vehicle, American lawmakers might do well to take a close look at what Volvo ?says is a first: an external airbag on the front of the car designed to help protect pedestrians in the event of a collision,? according to the trend-spotting Web site Springwise. The airbag is one of an impressive array of high-tech safety features that will be available on the 2013 V40.Read More