Google cofounder Sergey Brin said Google will have autonomous cars available for the general public within five years.
“You can count on one hand the number of years it will take before ordinary people can experience this,” he said while at the signing of SB 1298. This bill establishes safety and performance standards for cars operated by computers on California roads.
Nevada and Florida have had similar laws in place which allows a driver to test the vehicle. Detractors fear the bill doesn’t provide enough oversight to guarantee the safety of truly driverless cars.
Google has already put in 300,000 miles of testing with its self-driving cars. Brin said the company will focus on improving sensors and hardware failure support for the technology. He said any obstacles for the technology will be the same as any system that can fail, such is the case with something like airplane flight.