Week in Review: Google Self-Driving Cars are Legal Drivers

A look at the week's top consumer robotics stories, including Google's self-driving cars becoming legal drivers and the FAA shrinking the DC no-drone zone.


Here’s a recap of the week’s top stories. Watch the video above for a quick recap of the week and check out the following links for more details.

Google Self-Driving Cars Are Legal Drivers - Google’s self-driving cars scored a major win as the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) told Google that its autonomous driving software can be considered a legal driver under federal law.

Google Self-Driving Trucks Want to Deliver Your Packages - Google has been awarded a patent on self-driving delivery trucks that would bring packages to your door. Google’s self-driving delivery trucks would use mapping technology similar to Google’s self-driving cars.

FAA Eases Drone Restrictions in Washington, DC - After doubling the radius of the “no-drone zone” from 15 miles to 30 miles outside of Washington, D.C. in September 2015, the FAA announced drones can now fly in the “outer ring” of the Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA).

Drone Registration Surpasses Manned Aircraft - More than 325,000 people in the United States have registered drones, according to the FAA, compared to the 320,000 registered manned aircraft.

Robit Home Robot Uses Apps to Help Around the House - Powered by Raspberry Pi 2, Robit is built on an open-source platform that will be available to developers. Robit will be looking to developers to create custom apps that will help enhance the functionality of the home robot.



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