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New York State could pave the way for self-driving cars.

Assemblyman David Gantt, chair of the transportation committee, has introduced a bill (read it here) that would allow the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles.

California, Nevada and Florida all have laws allowing self-driving cars. The technology, spearheaded by Google, raises a number of issues, as this TIME magazine article points out:

There are some compelling reasons to support self-driving cars. Regular cars are inefficient: the average commuter spends 250 hours a year behind the wheel. They are dangerous. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for Americans ages 4 to 34 and cost some $300 billion a year. Google and other supporters believe that self-driving cars can make driving more efficient and safer by eliminating distracted driving and other human error. Google’s self-driving cars have cameras on the top to look around them and computers to do the driving. Their safety record is impressive so far.


That is a reasonable concern. If we are going to have self-driving cars, the technical specifications should be quite precise….

How involved — and how careful — are we going to expect the human co-pilot to be? As a Stanford Law School report asks, “Must the ‘drivers’ remain vigilant, their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road? If not, what are they allowed to do inside or outside, the vehicle?” Can the human in the car drink? 

Gantt’s bill calls for a study period in New York. The commissioner of motor vehicles would propose laws and regulations to the governor by February 2015. The bill was introduced a couple weeks ago and is still in committee.


Links of the Day:


– Rochester area residents and police are worried kids will disrupt festivals all summer. 

– President Obama nominated Ann Marie Buerkle to a $155,000-a-year post.

– New York high school students will be paid to develop new high school equivalency degree. Meanwhile, kids subjected to field tests get nothing.

– John McCain wrote an editorial calling for a la carte TV programming.

– Why David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” is against legalizing pot.

– What Jane Saw: An art gallery visited by Jane Austen, put on line for virtual tours.

6 Responses to Self-Driving Cars Coming?

  1. May 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm theodore kumlander responds:

    I wish someone would define the word ” Kids” It hard to believe that children between the ages of 5 and 10 years of age could disrupt festivals.

    But if “kids” means teenagers between 12 and 18 with criminal records than it is the the same old story, and nothing can be done because they are “Kids”.

  2. If I could get Wegmans to fill my grocery list I’d send the dog.

  3. May 26, 2013 at 11:31 am David responds:

    Hard to believe they will work on our pot-holed, snow covered roads. Is Google paying Gantt to get the bill through?

  4. May 28, 2013 at 8:30 am Booored...man...street responds:

    They already have these….they’re called buses and trains!!! Except other people drive them for you!

  5. May 28, 2013 at 10:38 am Bruce Smith responds:

    I really enjoyed Memorial Days Past and Self-Driving Cars.

  6. This is good decision taken by the transportation committee to introduce self driving car which will not only reduce road accident but also reduce human efforts.

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