The claim was recently approved by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the United States NHTSA the Google autonomous program is equal to a human driver. The artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law. The approval is a major step toward winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.
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Alphabet Inc. is the unit of Google responsible for developing the autonomous technology. Alphabet Inc. submitted a proposed design for a self-driving car to the NHTSA back in November 2015.
According to the NHTSA the letter proposed their cars have no need for a human driver. NHTSA declared they agree with Google. Since Google’s self-driving car will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense.
The driver will be the autonomous Artificial Intelligence being developed by Google. Technically NHTSA has agreed to recognize the AI system that controls self-driving cars as the driver under federal law.
The only problem in the way of self-driving cars right now is the mountains of US laws and regulations. However the recent approval by the NHTSA could prove to be a game changer. It could substantially streamline the process of putting autonomous vehicles on the road.
The NHTSA did stress the AI tech is still liable to meet the safety regulations before being allowed on the road. The existing regulations cannot be waived immediately such as braking systems activated by foot control, according to Reuters.
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Now the next step is to ensure how Google could certify the self-driving system meets the standards. The Google vehicle will need to be up on standard with the proposal by NHTSA.