Automakers continue to press towards their goal of building autonomous cars, with California starting to issue licences to driverless cars this week.
Driverless cars are already legal in Nevada, but considering that’s the state that also contains Area 51, that’s hardly surprising. But the news of California is far more significant; as goes California, so goes the US. Once the “smart cars” are accepted in California, we’ll doubtless see them offered by manufacturers across our great continent.
The first driverless car licence in California was issued to Audi. According to Gizmag, the company had to put up a surety bond of at least $5 million per vehicle to get this licence, so it’s not likely that we’ll see a lot of these vehicles anytime soon. But, this is just one more indication that this technology is coming, like it or not.