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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Allowing Self-Driving Cars on the Roads

| by Michael Allen

California Governor Jerry Brown, on Tuesday, signed a bill that will allow self-driving cars on the state's roads. Gov. Brown signed the bill at the Google campus in Mountain View, California, reports france24.com.

Gov. Brown said: "Autonomous vehicles are another example of how California's technological leadership is turning today's science fiction into tomorrow's reality. This law will allow California's pioneering engineers to safely test and implement this amazing new technology."

The new law allows self-driving cars to be operated on public roads for testing purposes as long as licensed drivers are behind the wheels to take over if needed.

Development of a self-driving car is one of the projects of a special Google research team headed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who said: "It obviously seems the stuff of science fiction. It is a fascinating area to work on but it really has the power to change people's lives, which is why I am really excited about it."