California proposes giving more opportunity to test self-driving cars
California will permit organizations more space in testing self-driving autos on open streets while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations released on Friday.
In one of the greatest changes, the new regulations would take into account the absence of a driver in a few cases, provided there is two-way communication with the vehicle.
The original draft regulations by the Department of Motor Vehicles were criticized by some tech companies, such as Alphabet Inc’s Google, and carmakers as being overly restrictive and stifling innovation. Moreover, disabled groups complained that the requirement of a driver in the car hurt the very people that autonomous vehicles would most benefit.
California has been at the forefront of the fast-growing autonomous vehicle industry, fueled by technology companies in Silicon Valley, and is one of a handful of states to have passed regulations enabling self-driving car testing on public roads.