Proposed California DMV Rules Spell Trouble for Autonomous Cars
Predictions have autonomous cars roaming U.S. roads by 2020 with much of the research process happening in California on public streets. Proposed new rules by the California DMV could slow it all down by putting a whole bunch of red tape in the way of this technology. The reason is to make sure that the cars are tested in a way that keeps the public safe.
The proposed laws call for third-party testing and certification of autonomous cars. They also call for a driver with special certification be in the cars at all times, steering wheels and pedals on all cars tested on public roads, and a three-year permit that requires safety testing reports for the state. That doesn't kill the testing process, but it does make it much more complicated. RELATED: Rinspeed Builds First Autonomous Hybrid Sportscar
It's not as thought the DMV currently lets autonomous cars test on the roads without any oversight. There are plenty of rules in place, just not ones the DMV thinks are comprehensive enough to keep us all safe in the meantime. Automakers aren't too keen on all this new legislation with Google already releasing a statment announcing their displeasure. RELATED: Autonomous Cars Get Real in Los Angeles According to Jalopnik, a Google spokesperson said, "We’re gravely disappointed that California is already writing a ceiling on the potential for fully self-driving cars to help all of us who live here." The laws are only proposed with the DMV seeking public input. If approved, expect your autonomous car of the future to take a little longer to arrive in your driveway.