Scientists at Nissan’s new research facility in Sunnyvale are working to put affordable driver-less cars on U.S. roadways.
Gov. Jerry Brown rode to Google headquarters in a self-driven Toyota Prius before signing legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California.
State lawmakers are anticipating the day when self-driving vehicles navigate California’s roads guided by radar and GPS systems instead of human hands on the steering wheel.
California is following on the heels of Nevada, which earlier in 2012 became the first state in the country to unveil requirements for autonomous vehicles traveling on its public roadways.
Google is road-testing cars that steer, stop and start without a human driver.