self-driving cars and lane splitting
Posted Feb 23, 2013 1:00 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
Parent article: ELC: Google learns to drive
In California (unlike many other places) it is legal for motorcycles to
travel between the lanes,
Not exactly. In California, like most places, a vehicle must be in a lane, and there are procedures to be followed to change lanes. What is different in California (different from every other US state, I believe) is that multiple vehicles can be abreast in the same lane. (The phrase is "lane splitting," as the vehicles effectively split the lane into sublanes).
Unfortunately, it isn't even that simple because like many places, it's against the law in California to do anything unsafe on the road, which places drivers at the mercy of the judgment of police officers. I have heard that many police officers believe lane splitting is unsafe unless the motorcycle is inching along through a traffic jam, and enforce the law that way.
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