Self-driving cars are changing the entire concept of mobility and new technology has make these changes possible. Welcome to a new digital way of driving with autonomous vehicles.
That’s the ethos that governs in this state. They have already communicated their intentions to let autonomous vehicles be on the public road to enhance road safety.
California, the Golden State, has made it legal for approved driverless cars to begin testing on California’s public roads. It is a solid evolution for a city that believes in technology and could potentially change the economy.
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A new reality
Imagine a day when robotaxis take over the roads with a new approach towards congestion and “good” driving.
Does it sound unreal to you? Well, California is giving us hope to live in world where there’s no drivers, but just passengers.
While the new regulation will give green light to a new vehicle concept, autonomous cars still need an approved human at the wheel for testing procedures.
In fact, Jean Shiomoto, California Department of Motor Vehicles Director, said:
This is a major step forward for autonomous technology in California. Safety is our top concern and we are ready to begin working with manufacturers that are prepared to test fully driverless vehicles in California.
Kicking off April 2nd, the CA DMV will begin issuing driverless-testing permits. Yet, there are few requirements car manufacturers and other technology developers need to keep in mind before implementation.
Informing local authorities
In due time, companies must inform local authorities about their intentions to proceed with driverless testing in a designated area.
Car makers will have to work with law enforcement to communicate with vehicles and create an interaction plan that better coordinates interaction between the police and the autonomous cars.
The CA DMV will also require collision reports, which must be sent to them within 10 days.
Currently, 50 car makers are currently holding driverless vehicle permits with the condition of having an approved driver still inside the car.
There is no doubt that autonomous vehicles will have a huge effect on the way Californians think about transportation.
For the most part, California has made a huge progress on this regulation, setting performance standards and consensus for this polemic use of technology.
H/T USA Today