Commuters could soon be sharing the road with self-driving cars: Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that would allow the vehicles to be tested and operated on California roads.
“We are looking at science fiction becoming reality in a self-driving car,” Brown said during a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
In addition to allowing drivers the ability to work or relax while in gridlock, the vehicles could increase fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and communicate with one another to improve traffic. The vehicles could also improve safety since human error causes most car accidents, which kill more than 40,000 Americans each year.
“We can save lives, create jobs and reduce congestion,” said Google co-founder Sergey Brin, adding that the vehicles are in line with the search giant’s goal of “creating technology to dramatically improve the world.”