Not coincidentally, today marks the first day that companies can apply for a permit to test robotic vehicles openly on Nevada roads. The robotic car bill, sponsored by Senator Alex Padilla of Pacoima, Calif. would task the California Highway Patrol with developing rules and regulations for testing driverless cars on public roads by companies and, eventually, consumers.
California isn't alone in the race to play catch up to Nevada's futuristic transportation legislation. Other states, such as Oklahoma, Hawaii, and Florida, are also considering rules that will allow autonomous cars on state roads. California's proposed plan will be modeled after Nevada's regulations, which lets companies apply for a permit to test a vehicle after it has clocked 10,000 miles on private tracks or other roads under various conditions. While Google's self-driving Prius have traveled more than 200,000 miles on their own, they've never encountered snow, according to the article.