Can We “Operate” Self-Driving Cars in the Tri-State Area?
At recent event in Albany, New York, Audi was unable to demonstrate their self-driving car because of 45 year old law still on the books that says one hand must remain on the steering wheel while the vehicle is in motion. While the Driverless Revolution is still a few years off, I wondered if there are any old laws still on the books that would prevent driverless cars from hitting the Tri-State Area.
Fortunately, the only law that I could find in Illinois, Iowa or Missouri comes from the Land of Lincoln. In Illinois, it is illegal to operate a vehicle without a steering wheel. Most driverless vehicle prototypes are currently designed with steering wheels to allow for manual override, including Audi's A7, however Google's car, as seen in the video below, does not come with a steering wheel. Meaning the law would have to change for those vehicles to be street legal in Illinois. Missouri has a law about honking the horn of a car that isn't yours, but unless the car becomes self-aware, I doubt that would be a problem.
What do you think of the future of self-driving vehicles?