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Truly driverless cars could soon be allowed on California’s roads

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The California DMV is almost ready to allow autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads without a human test driver behind the wheel. 

The state’s regulators released a set of proposed revisions to its policies that, once passed, will also grant the public permission to use self-driving cars. The new rules are now subject to a 15-day public comment period, which closes on Oct. 25.  

The DMV’s proposals are meant to conform to new federal regulations for driverless cars, which cleared through a Senate panel earlier this month, and await a vote after passing in the House in September. 

We might not see the human-free systems in action immediately if the rules go into effect in 2018 — most companies have only shown off autonomous platforms that are capable of “Level 3” autonomy, which means there is some need for human operation — but the road ahead is clear for more advanced tech.  Read more…

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About Stephen Stiles

Steve Stiles is a retired computer professional. He has worked in the computer field since before the internet and the TRS-80. He has always loved technology, has served his country in USAF and there after worked for several high tech companies such as Singer Link Flight Simulation, Digital Equipment, KLA Instruments and Nine Mile Nuclear Power Station.

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