The California State Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would establish safety and performance standards for self-driving cars in California.
The bill, S. 1298, will now move to the state Assembly for consideration after passing 37-0 within the Senate. The bill was authored by state Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), an MIT graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering.
"Thousands of Californians tragically die in auto accidents each year," Padilla said in a statement. "The vast majority of these collisions are due to human error.