California the largest U.S. Car market may soon experience testing of self-driving cars on public roads.
The self-driving cars are manufactured by different companies, which not only manufactures these cars but also sells them. This announcement may pave the new way that will enhance this self-driving technology.
What The DMV Has Planned
The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is taking public opinion on its new initiative of testing driver-less cars and also the use of these autonomous vehicles publicly which will not require any manual interaction.
The new initiative was published on Friday, March 10 and April 24 is the deadline for the public to give their opinion on these changes. The new rules are sanctioned will come into the picture from 2018.
The DMV has allowed 27 companies to conduct the test of driver-less cars on public roads which include car manufacturers such as BMW, Tesla, technology companies like Alphabet Inc’s Waymo and China’s Baidu Inc., along with the suppliers like Nvidia Corp and Delphi Automotive Plc and many autonomous startups like Zoox, Drive.ai and more.
But as far as these autonomous cars are following the government safety rules and getting operated in a way to obey the traffic laws of California, then they will be considered for the testing process.
Previous Rules VS New Rules
Prior to this proposal, it was mandatory for the autonomous cars to include steering wheels for the manual control. The backup driver sitting inside the car that could take immediate action during an emergency situation was also required.
Yet, with this proposal, carmakers just have to make sure that they meet federal safety standards or obtain an exemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
California will be the fourth state of U.S. which will allow testing of these self-driving cars on the public roads.
States like Florida and Michigan allows the testing of these vehicles with certain limitations.