Cal­i­for­nia flags green light

New Straits Times - - Business -

Cal­i­for­nia is eas­ing its rules for au­ton­o­mous car test­ing, by al­low­ing test­ing of ve­hi­cles in which there is no hu­man driver.

The new rules have yet to be sub­mit­ted for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, with a fi­nal ver­sion ex­pected by year-end, ac­cord­ing to its Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles (DMV).

“Th­ese rules ex­pand our ex­ist­ing au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle test­ing pro­gramme to in­clude test­ing ve­hi­cles where no driver is present,” said DMV di­rec­tor Jean Shiomoto.

“This is the next step in even­tu­ally al­low­ing driver­less au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles on Cal­i­for­nia road­ways.”

Cal­i­for­nia took some heat ear­lier for seek­ing to stop test­ing of fully au­ton­o­mous cars — those in which a hu­man is not phys­i­cally on board.

BLOOMBERG PIC

A Google self-driv­ing car on dis­play at Google’s con­fer­ence last year. Cal­i­for­nia says it will al­low test­ing of ve­hi­cles in which there is no hu­man driver.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.