If we learned nothing else in grade school, we learned that going first is a scary thing. You’re expected to wow everyone watching, and you set the tone for all the folks that follow. It’s a big risk, and a big responsibility.
California is feeling those kinds of jitters right about now, as it’s among the first governments in the world to grapple with the practical complexities of autonomous cars. Will legislators and regulators muck up things for themselves and the increasingly car-focused technology companies like Google and Apple that call California home? Or will the Golden State establish a gold standard for self-driving vehicles?
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To answer that question, we have to consider a few facts:
1. California could be considered Planet Earth’s home base for autonomous cars. Mountain View-based Google has been testing its fleet of