In June 2011, Nevada passed legislation that would allow driverless vehicles on state roads. Laws related to driverless cars have also been proposed in Hawaii and Florida. On the surface, this legislation might seem a little advanced, but fleets of driverless cars have already been developed and tested all across the country — and abroad — for some time.
Innovators from the Motor City to Silicon Valley and beyond have been pursuing the concept of an autonomous vehicle for years. Several automobile manufacturers, including General Motors, BMW, Volkswagon, Audi and Volvo are currently testing self-driving cars. Even Google has a patent on driverless car technology, and has been testing a self-driving Toyota Pruis.
This infographic breaks down the ongoing progress that may put self-driving cars on our streets and in our garages sooner than you might think.
With distracted driving accounting for hundreds of thousands of car accidents, injuries and traffic fatalities each year, the need for autonomous cars has never been more apparent.
Just how close are we to seeing autonomous vehicles cruising around our neighborhood streets and on our highways? Is the future already now?
Infographic produced by Denver car accident attorney Daniel R. Rosen at the Law Offices of Daniel R. Rosen. Check out the firm’s blog for more info on auto accidents, auto safety and distracted driving.