California DMV Lays Down Automated Vehicle Testing Rules

Autonomous vehicles have been legal within the state of California for a while. However, the California DMV just set down some new testing regulations that are now in effect. The new regulations are fairly stringent. 

Autonomous vehicles now require a person to be seated in the driver's side. Drivers must be employed by the manufacturer and must have a special testing permit, which can only be acquired after going through a training program. Drivers must remain attentive during testing periods and are required to report to the DMV any time they manually override the car's controls or get into an accident.  

Testing is also not going to come cheap for manufacturers, as the DMV is requiring automated vehicles to have at least $5 million dollars worth of liability insurance.

The full text of regulations can be found on the California DMV website.

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  • deksman
    Idiotic. The whole purpose of autonomous driving is that you don't need people to drive.
    Besides, these systems have been thoroughly tested and are far more reliable than Humans.

    As for potential mishaps such as accidents... Humans produce those, not the autonomous system.
    Besides, these things can be designed with so much redundancy that no amount of Human attentiveness is needed.

    If Humans do take over the controls, the system can be programmed to automatically detect this.

    Seems to me they are being overtly cautious and inventing unnecessary licenses and rules for the purpose of making more money.
  • SessouXFX
    What a laugh! No sense in having a vehicle that can drive itself, if there's a person in the driver seat, now is there?

    Aside from that, I don't see the need for a vehicle that can drive itself. Hackers would have a field day with this. I can actually see more harm than good coming out of a self driven motor vehicle on crowded streets.
  • southernshark
    Cops are getting nervous. Remove the driver, remove the revenue.

    As for the cost of insurance, I feel pretty confident that the companies making and testing these vehicles can afford it.