March 06, 2017 at 10:20 AM
For the past several years, tech companies and automakers have been testing self-driving cars on the open road in California. However, by the time regulators insisted that these vehicles had steering wheels, foot controls and human drivers, just in case!
On Friday (the 10th), the state department of motor vehicles proposed regulations paving the way to "fully autonomous cars".
Waymo was already able to test its prototype in Texas, where the law doesn't ban fully driverless cars.
Additionally, once a manufacturer declares its technology is road-ready, it is allowed to put its cars on the market.
That self-certification approach is the same federal officials use to regulate standard cars, however, this may create some issues in terms of responsibilities in the event of an accident.