Google co-founder Sergey Brin says Google will have autonomous cars available for the general public within five years.
According to Brin, “You can count on one hand the number of years it will take before ordinary people can experience this,”
This was at the signing of a new California law SB 1298, which establishes safety and performance standards for cars operated by computers on California roads and highways. The new jaw provides that a licensed driver will be allowed to test the car.
Brin said the company will focus on improving sensors and hardware failure support for the technology, and that any obstacles for the technology will be the same as any system that can fail, such is the case with something like airplane flight.
“It’s a long list of things that humans have coped with in the past,” he said.
Google has already put in 300,000 miles of testing.