Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the Senate Bill 219 that opens the way to driverless cars on the public roads of the state. The lobbying company to adopt that was General Motors Co. and before signing, it passed 53-0 during the hearings in the state’s Senate. Mr. Harry Lightsey, the executive in General Motor on emerging technologies, said that this achievement is the great step towards the driverless market to expand on Georgia territory, bringing here more safety on roads, fewer deaths in road accidents, and lesser congestions. Now the state, he says, is stepping among the headliners in this technology, as a few other US states have the adopted legislation in driverless vehicles’ technology.
However, the current version of the Bill is a compromise version, as the previous one has been harshly criticized by representatives of Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets (that embraces Volvo, Waymo, Uber, Lyft, and Ford). The Bill, as they say, prevented the free competition for other companies on the driverless market and protected the interests of GM only. They were fighting against the approval of a Bill in the planned version to deliver free possibilities to all participants, which they actually did and now the pace of development of technologies will be not limited to protectionist strategies.
What is next?
GM tells that the next step in development will be a 3D mapping of the roads of Georgia to input this map in the data center. Once it is mapped, it will be constantly updated by the driving vehicles to keep it up-to-date and as accurate as possible. The updates will distribute through the entire fleet of autonomous cars.
GM has nearly 1,100 employees engaged in the development of driverless technology only. They are located in GM’s innovation center in Roswell.