California: Restricted Bill for Stand-alone Vehicles

The Department of Motor Vehicles in the State of California has proposed restrictive regulations for stand-alone vehicles, which basically prohibit vehicles carrying passengers if there is no driver.California

The bill (PDF) also requires that self-propelled vehicles be equipped with a steering wheel and a pedal to run on public roads in California.

If the bill becomes law, companies that are certified to test autonomous vehicles on the streets of California (such as BMW, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Tesla and Volkswagen, as well as technology companies such as Google and Cruise Automation) will not be able to release their vehicle fleets without a driver for use as fully automated taxi services.

The proposal also requires autonomous cars to fully meet the new safety and performance requirements, through testing and certification by a third party auditor. TNW points out that there are currently no such organizations.

In a statement in Automotive News, Google said California's rules would block a technology that could improve road safety standards and boost mobility for people who can not drive.

"Security is our highest priority and our primary motivation. We are deeply disappointed that California is putting a cap on the possibilities for fully self-driving cars that can help us all. ”

The proposal is likely to push autonomous vehicle companies out of California to control and initially develop their vehicles. Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler says the city is "excited" to host such innovations.

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