Google’s Artificial Intelligence Now Qualifies as a Legal Driver

by Angela Guess Kirsten Korosec reports in Fortune, “A car’s legal driver doesn’t always have to be human, according to U.S. vehicle safety regulators—it can also be artificial intelligence. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration told Google that the artificial intelligence system that controls its self-driving car can be considered a driver under federal law. The legal interpretation by federal regulators was made in response to a November petition from Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car project. This is a critical first step for Google towards commercializing self-driving cars—a goal it wants to meet by 2020.” Korosec continues, “However, NHTSA’s interpretation doesn’t mean fully autonomous vehicles are legal for public use. The next question is whether and how Google could certify that the self-driving system meets a…


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