Google’s autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

A Google self-driving car, displayed in the lobby at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.Photo credit: REUTERS/STEPHEN LAM David Shepardson and Paul LienertFebruary 9, 2016 – 8:12 pm ET WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) — U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., of its decision in a previously unreported Feb. 4 letter to the company posted on the agency’s website this week. Google’s self-driving car unit on Nov. 12 submitted a proposed design for a self-driving car that has “no need for a human driver,” the letter to Google from National…


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