Artificial Intelligence Now Qualifies as Car Driver

Federal vehicle safety officials are continuing to work with private companies to pave the road for autonomous vehicles.U.S. officials are allowing the artificial intelligence system responsible for piloting a self-driving car to be considered the driver, according to a letter dated from last week.One obstacle autonomous vehicle manufactures have faced is what federal law calls the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) [http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/FMVSS/#SN101]. These standards outline the safety requirements applied to all vehicles on U.S. roadways.Since 1967, when the first of these safety standards became effective under federal law, a driver has been considered a human piloting the vehicle from the front seat.With manufacturers trying to break this mold, they needed U.S. Department of Transportation approval for their artificial intelligence systems to qualify as a driver.A November request from Google’s…


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