Erwin Fiebig | Google computers qualify as drivers in automated cars, US government say

Google has managed to persuade the US government that the tech company’s computers — rather than humans — should be defined as the “drivers” of a growing fleet of autonomous vehicles.

In a significant precedent for Google and other companies developing autonomous car technology, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ruled that the software behind some automated cars should be considered the driver.

The decision was contained in a letter that was sent from the federal agency to Google, now a unit within a wider company named Alphabet. Read More……