Google has patented their “landing strip” technology for their self-driving cars. The patent application is called ‘transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode’, which also relates to the car switching from human-driving mode to a driver-less state. The “landing strip” is a code that would help the car access the internet to get locations and directions.
The Google Land Strip patent states, “In some embodiments, a URL stored as a QR Code may enable the autonomous vehicle to download new instructions. A processing unit in the vehicle’s computer may be able to wirelessly access the Internet and retrieve autonomous mode instructions from an updated web location. For example, when accessing the URL, a unique vehicle serial number may be transmitted. The serial number could indicate that vehicle is in need of maintenance and the host may return instructions for the autonomous vehicle to automatically drive itself to the maintenance shop. Additionally, the URL may return instructions to load balance the vehicles.”
While there is currently nothing to argue about law-wise, legality and regulation for what the future may bring..
But lets take a look future-wise if there is going to be a fleet of self-driving vehicles.. Do you think the gov't will still have the authority to issue people ( IDs and tracking #s ) opps I meant driver licenses ?
Can police pull you over and give random DWI stop or arrest you anymore?
Can the gov't still tell you what age you can "drive" even tho you aren't drving anymore technically...?
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