Google seems to have a strong hold on much of what we do on line, but will Google take over driving our cars while we happily sit back and chat on the phone, write emails or get our work done as well? Actually this is likely to occur in the future and some states are already adopting regulations relating to these vehicles. But for now, Georgia has said it is too early to create a regulatory scheme for a technology that is so early in its development. Georgians are innovative people, we have some of the best tech institutions and companies in the world here, but some innovations have longer adoption cycles and need to be proven to be safe before we use them. And so it is that the autonomous vehicle that has no driver and does not include the controls we are used to seeing in motor vehicles, will not be seen on our roads or highways any time soon. A Georgia legislative panel has been looking into the wisdom of regulating this technology as other states have done and has published its finding: and that is a “no go” on that aspect of this innovation.
Many readers have seen film clips of these driverless cars. Google has created one that drives around its California campus … with no driver. Presumably, if Google has its way, the technology will be made available to all one day. Passengers will be riding along without the need to pay attention to the road at all. The final word for now, which may not in fact be the final word is “proceed with caution.” In its report, the Autonomous Vehicle Technology Study Committee determined that the technology is at too early a stage for Georgia to begin regulating it. Instead, our state will wait and see. The report notes that a better approach is to allow the technology to mature and let the regulatory process follow. On the other hand, the report welcomes the developers of this technology to view Georgia as a place to come for a skilled technology work force and would open the doors to having a role in bringing the technology to the market.