Are self-driving cars appearing on California streets?
December 22, 2014
California regulators are lagging on their task of creating a plan to test self-driving cars, which some manufacturers are now unleashing on state roads for trial runs. [Business Journal]
Department of Motor Vehicles officials said this week their agency will not meet its Jan. 1 deadline of issuing rules on what carmakers must do to bring a self-driving vehicles to market. A 2012 state law required the DMV to create the regulations.
The DMV will not let members of the public obtain the cars until someone can certify that they pose no undue risk. However, the DMV has already issued testing permits to seven companies for their driverless prototypes, giving them permission to navigate on California roads.
In September, Google received state approval to test a fleet of Lexus SUVs, which the technology giant has since done. Google says it would like to partner with manufacturers rather than becoming a carmaker.
DMV officials say the agency needs more time to figure out how to determine whether the driverless cars are safe. Driverless cars are not expected to be ready for showrooms for at least a few years.