DENVER- New car technology may force a couple of changes to Colorado law.
Senate committees will hear bills Tuesday afternoon aimed at regulating self-driving cars and another aimed at promoting electric cars.
Some big companies are betting that driverless cars will be the greatest thing since the horseless carriage.
Tech giant Google is hard at work on perfecting self-driving cars. The company took bloggers for test drives in its modified Toyota Prius, which features a steering wheel that turns on its own.
The company demonstrated the car's quick reaction on a test course, that frightened some of the bloggers. It also produced a much calmer video to demonstrate how a self-driving car could be used by a blind person to perform everyday tasks.
Google quietly lobbied Nevada to legalize driverless cars two years ago and is not involved in the Colorado bill SB16, which is sponsored by Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray.)
The convenience of being able to ignore the road while traveling is not worth the risk to everybody.
"I am probably not going to be for it," Racheal Seifert said. "What happens if you get errors and car accidents and stuff, if something malfunctions?"
SB16 would not allow what you see in this video by automaker Audi, which features a car driving itself up Pikes Peak with nobody behind the wheel in case of emergency.
That test was on a closed course. Under SB16, a driver who can easily take control from the computer would be required on public roads.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGERS
This story begins with a simple electrical outlet in downtown Denver.
"It's right outside my back door so I thought it was pulling electricity from my house," Linda Campbell explained.
Campbell thought it was a great place to plug in her new Chevy Volt, but it turned out the socket belonged to her HOA, which told her to stop.
She asked if she could put in a charging station and was told "no."
With help from a lawyer, Campbell negotiated a deal, paying $1.50 a day to use the HOA's outlet, but she didn't want anybody else to go through the same hassle. She called her lawmakers.
"We ended up drafting a bill," Campbell said.
SB126 would require HOAs and landlords to let residents install charging stations for electric cars. The car owner has to pay the cost, which is probably less expensive than a lawyer.
Sen. Lucia Guzman (D-Denver) will present the bill, which may not be agreeable to all of the landlords and HOA's of the state.
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