A similar law won approval in Nevada last year, and Google is lobbying other states to follow suit. The company reported spending $8.95 million during the first half of 2012 to lobby federal officials on numerous issues, including the driverless car.
While Google had no immediate plans to commercially develop the system, the company hopes to develop a business which would market the system and the data behind it to automobile manufacturers, says Wikipedia.
Google says its self-driving cars have completed 300,000 miles of test-drives, under a “wide range of conditions,” all without any kind of accident. By comparison, the average U.S. driver has one accident roughly every 165,000 miles.
Slashgear explains how it works. It appears to be a combination of science and faith.
Does this mean we can get our “free zone” for mass transit back?