Google’s AI Software Can Now Legally Be Considered The “Driver” Of A Car

In a huge boost to Google’s self-driving car program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Tuesday released a letter it sent to Google confirming that it agrees with the company’s interpretation that its artificial intelligence software behind the company’s self-driving cars can legally be considered the “driver” of the vehicle under federal law, reports Reuters. Google submitted a proposed design for one of its self-driving cars to the NHTSA in November in which it stated that the car had “no need for a human driver” since its AI systems could control the journey from start to finish. This means that the car is technically the driver instead of any human occupant in it, according to Google. In the letter the NHTSA said, “We agree with Google its [self-driving…


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