According to a recent proposition, the state of California might allow in the near future – just like Michigan – autonomous car testing without the presence of a human inside.
This would literally allow for the testing on public roads in California of driverless autonomous cars, as the Department of Motor Vehicles in the largest and most populous US state is mulling new regulation that would allow for automakers and tech companies to test their vehicles without a backup driver. The regulations in use now mandate autonomous cars to be fitted with conventional manual controls, meaning a steering and pedals, as well as a driver on the driver’s seat. The new regulations would allow companies to certify their autonomous cars without controls and still meet federal safety standards. On the other hand, these driverless test prototypes need a remote operator, able to take control, to be allowed to proceed with public testing.
These regulations come after the state of Michigan has opened up the place to driverless autonomous testing, as California is probably the epicenter of the world’s autonomous testing. The state has already allowed no less than 27 companies a license to test self-driving cars, including BMW, Tesla, Delphi, Nvidia, Waymo, AutoX, NextEV, and Faraday Future. Even Uber has decided to join the party and return to the state after filling the papers for the necessary permits.