California allows the circulation of self-driving cars without a safety driver. California is the headquarters of Silicon Valley and several companies dedicated to the development of the autonomous car such as Cruise Automation or Waymo, but, apparently, none of these companies has come to ask for permits to be able to make their autonomous cars circulate without a driver. And that, since yesterday, it is already possible …
Well, as reported from Mercury Reports, this week has started the moment in which companies can make their autonomous cars circulate without driver safety. This permit has involved companies filing an application with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
According to a spokesperson’s statement to this newspaper, «On April 2, the DMV has the authority to allow the start of car tests without a driver, as well as to process the issuance of these permits for autonomous cars. requested these permits. » The spokesman continued saying that if this request were received at some point, it would be reviewed for the final determination.
It is surprising to know that none of the companies has been able to fill out this application to be able to test autonomous cars without a safety driver, although it seems that this may come with time. When they asked for their opinion about Waymo, a spokesman for the company told the media that at some point they would like to test autonomous cars without a safety driver on board, and that they will take the necessary steps in the future.
For her part, Uber’s spokeswoman declined to comment on her developments in California, since the company is in full collaboration with the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic to investigate the first fatal accident of an autonomous car.