Google has been working on its self-driving car project for quite some time now. The Google car has been on the roads for testing for months and there is still no word on when the vehicle will become available in sale.
However, Google constantly makes progress when it comes to the safety and the functionality of its car. Such a positive development for the famous company was announced this week.
The US safety regulator stated that the system driving an autonomous car could legally be considered a driver, under the federal law. This has definitely been a huge boost for the tech company and an important step forward in its effort to see the autonomous car on the roads.
The news was first reported by Reuters, which claimed that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notified Google about the decision through a letter sent to the famous company. “NHTSA will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants,” the letter said.
“We agree with Google its (self-driving car) will not have a ‘driver’ in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years,” it went on to add. This may not be good news only for Google, after all. Actually, other car makers such as Tesla are also believed to be interested in the domain of autonomous vehicles.
Tesla has not confirmed this, but the same is also valid for Apple. Apple is also believed to be working at a car, even though which type of vehicle this would be remains largely unknown. Tesla, Apple and also Google have recently been interested in hiring numerous specialists to work at their car units. Actually, Google has shocked with a series of job postings, which might indicate that the tech giant will be working to grow its interest in cars.
However, there are many obstacles that Google is yet to overcome until being able to make its vehicle widely available to customers in the United States and maybe all around the world.