The Associated Press recently reported for the Times Union that Google wants to give Californians access to a small fleet of prototype models of their driverless vehicles. The prototype model will be constructed without the steering wheel or pedals and will be fully controlled by computers.
According to the article, the journey began in Nevada at the January 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. David Goldwater, a previous Nevada legislator, met with Anthony Levandowski who is one of the self-driving car project leads at Google. Goldwater suggested that rather than entering California right away Google should start small.
“The good thing about laws is if they don’t exist and you want one — or if they exist and you don’t like them — you can change them,” says Levandowski. “And so in Nevada, we did our first bill.”
Google’s early success with the driverless cars is promising; they believe that driverless cars will be legal in California as soon as this time next year.