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California paves the way for truly driverless cars—as in no actual human required

How many times have we gotten excited about some autonomous vehicle test only to discover that a human driver was still on hand to take control in case something goes wrong? That’s still the norm, but the California DMV today proposed new regulations that would allow for testing of truly human-free autonomous cars on public … Continue reading “California paves the way for truly driverless cars—as in no actual human required”

How many times have we gotten excited about some autonomous vehicle test only to discover that a human driver was still on hand to take control in case something goes wrong? That’s still the norm, but the California DMV today proposed new regulations that would allow for testing of truly human-free autonomous cars on public roads. Currently, state regulations require the presence of a driver, and they have since 2014. But DMV officials say autonomous tech has progressed to the point where humans aren’t required—and they want to make sure testing of such vehicles can be done safely. A public hearing on the rule change is set for next month. Read the full proposal here.  

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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