One major hitch stands between Google and its dream of seeing cars like Toyota Prius roaming on public streets with no driver on board: legislation. Since, so far, no state in the world allows robotic cars to drive around in your neighborhood,
Google is said to be doing a lot of lobbying for Nevada to become the first state to give the green light for this type of vehicles. According to Inside Line, the Nevada bills would allow for the licensing and testing of autonomous vehicles and at the same time provide an exemption from the ban on distracted driving. Voting on the bills might take place this June.
Although it's not yet clear how a driverless, or autonomous vehicle would change the world we live in, Google is confident the impact these vehicles will have would be enormous. According to artificial-intelligence researcher Sebastian Thrun, the main idea is that autonomous cars will be safer than the cars we drive in today,
Truth be told, even if Google does manage to prove a point with their cars, it's unlikely we'll see state after state and producer after producer rushing in to adopt the new way of thinking. Because, unlike in the online environment, the auto industry (customers included) is far less inclined to adopt a new idea, be it a great one.