Handout photo from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
All right, apparently these robotic, self-driven cars are already a guarantee — so when’s it gonna be already?
On the roads next to you in half a decade?
According to the automaker Ford, driverless cars will be sharing the U.S. roadways with human drivers by 2017, reports ExtremeTech.
Think that U.S. culture can adjust to the robot-driven way of life that quickly?
Japan by 2020?
Not to be outdone, the Land of the Rising Sun is also promising driverless cars by 2020, according to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, transport and Tourism (MLIT).
Now hold on, this is also no joke.
This statement by the Japanese government represents the FIRST time that any government in the world has expressed a commitment to pursue the future of driverless cars.
The industry’s heavy hitters that are joining in are also nothing to scoff at.
We’re talking Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Fuiji, and Mazda. Yeah, those are the big boys.
The Japanese government promises a report on the status of their program some time around March 2013.
Sunshine State Closer Than Ever?
[Quick hit here: We have to give a shout out to this comment thread from Digg that suggests driverless cars could bankrupt California.]
With a unanimous vote, California’s Assembly Transportation Committee passed legislation that would allow testing and the regulation of driverless vehicles.
The vote is still just preliminary, advancing the legislation along.
According to an article from ComputerWorld, it passed on the condition that debate would continue on the language to limit the liability of automakers.
Still mired in squabbling, but it’s coming — are we ready for this?