Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 29, 2012
This past week at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, Google says that self-driving cars can be on U.S. roads within the next few years.
We don't know what it's going to take to show its safer than a driver. It's much sooner than the next decade," said Google project manager Anthony Levandowski.
Levandowski revealed that Google is in talks with auto makers and suppliers about working with them on the technology.
"All options are open. From giving the technology away to licensing it to working with Tier 1s, Tier 2s, working with the OEMs, building a car with them, everything is open and we're trying to figure out which paths make the most sense. We're talking to basically every car company to see what their level of excitement is and how do we work with them."
But before Google's prediction of self-driving cars on roads within the next few years come true, there will be many legal and insurance hurdles to get over.
So far, Google has successfully lobbied legislation in Nevada for testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads.
Google is now in talks with insurance companies about creating policies that would cover autonomous vehicle owners. Also, the company is planning to log at least 1 million miles on the technology before its allowed in the real world. Currently, Google said they have logged about 250,000 miles on their fleet of ten Toyota Priuses.
Source: The Detroit News