In a major boosts to technology giant Google, its self-driving car has been approved by US vehicle safety regulators, which states that the computer could be considered the driver under federal law. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google in a letter approving autonomous vehicles on the roads, Reuters reports. “NHTSA will interpret ‘driver’ in the context of Google’s described motor vehicle design as referring to the (self-driving system), and not to any of the vehicle occupants,” NHTSA’s letter said. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
“We agree with Google its (self-driving car) will not have a ‘driver’ in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years. The next question is whether and how Google could certify that the (self-driving system) meets a standard developed and designed to apply to a vehicle with a human driver,” NHTSA said. Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
Major automakers and technology companies such as Google are racing to develop and sell vehicles that can drive themselves. Google self-driving car is any in a range of autonomous cars, developed by Google X as part of its project to develop technology for mainly electric cars. The software installed in Google’s cars is called Google Chauffeur.