30 Jun '15, 8pm

Holland Opens Some Roads to Robots

Holland Opens Some Roads to Robots

Robots will begin to get their driving licenses tomorrow in the Netherlands, provided of course they have a reputable human by their side. The program involves roadworthy cars and the roads everyone else uses, and thus goes beyond Britain’s recent inauguration of a slow robotic tram service in pedestrian malls. But it’s still just a research program, not a full-blown public service. As the government ’s announcement makes plain , only manufacturers, universities and other recognized research outfits will be allowed to play, and then only if they've already tested their vehicles under controlled conditions. There’s a lot of paperwork to fill out, and as the announcement notes, “Please expect an average 3-to-6-month-turn-around time from sending in your application to executing the test.” Holland has prided itself on its infrastructure ever since it began reclaiming land fro...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/s...

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