This week the Senate Judiciary Committee considered regulations for the operation of … fully autonomous motor vehicles on the public highways of North Carolina. Within five years, the state will have on the streets and highways motor vehicles equipped with an automated driving system that will not at any time require an occupant to perform any portion of the dynamic driving system is engaged, the bill reads. Senators wondered about the safety of a 12-year child put into a car that is programmed to take here to school. The regulations also address responsibility if the vehicle is involved in a crash … and who changes a flat tire … and many other issues. The bill exempts owners from a required driver’s license if they are not operating the vehicle. Sen. Paul Lowe of Winston-Salem summed up what other committee members were thinking
Are we in the age of the Jetsons? Representatives from General Motors were present to answer questions from the Senators.