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Sacramento (UPI) May 22, 2012
California's Senate passed a bill to create guidelines for autonomous vehicles' -- self-driving cars -- to be tested and operated in the state, officials said.
The bill will now go to the state Assembly for consideration next month, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
The passage in the Senate comes as Google Inc., Caltech and other groups are busy developing vehicles that use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and drive in traffic without human intervention.
By law, self-driving cars must have a person behind the wheel, ready to take over control in case of a malfunction.
Several lawmakers test-drove Google's prototype autonomous Prius and "came away convinced that fostering this technology is the right direction for California," the bill's sponsor, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, said.
"Human error is the cause of almost every accident on the road today. If autonomous technology can reduce the number of accidents, then we also reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on California's roads," Padilla said. "For me this is a matter of safety."
Nevada signed similar legislation into law last year and Arizona, Hawaii, Florida and Oklahoma are all considering autonomous-vehicle legislation, the Times reported.
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Tesla to launch electric sedan in US on June 22
San Francisco (AFP) May 22, 2012
Tesla Motors said Tuesday it would begin deliveries of "the world's first premium electric sedan" on June 22, slightly ahead of schedule. Several customers will receive their cars that day at an invitation-only event at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, said the company created in 2003 by Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal and SpaceX. The company, which already markets a sports ca ... read more
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