Previous Drake Law Firm blog posts have addressed the issue of so-called "smart-cars" that use GPS technology, radars and sensors to drive without human intervention. Reuters has reported that Google has obtained Nevada's first driver license for an autonomous vehicle: a Toyota Prius.
Nevada recently passed legislation allowing the licensing of self-driven cars. While members of the public have yet to be allowed to own and operate self-driven cars, other states are also considering regulations aimed at licensing smart-cars as technology becomes more refined.
While it is widely touted that smart-cars will be safer and incapable of the human error that causes most car accidents, we should not expect to see self-driven autos springing up on Alabama highways anytime soon. Additionally, no such cars are being sold to the public-at-large...at least not until the Alabama legislature addresses the issue with legislation.