On October 19th, a set of regulations regarding self driving cars were discussed during a meeting held by California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These laws were meant to establish how self driving cars will be used in the future. The rules examined during the debate were published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA). Famous producers from the car industry, like Google, Honda, Volkswagen and Ford, thought that their business is in danger because of the regulations. All these automakers have the permission to test their autonomous cars in California as long as a qualified driver is using them.
Besides these well-known companies, there are other fourteen which are allowed to test their vehicles in California. The tech industry which is continuously under development in California became an outbreak for self driving cars’ research. Customers hope that automakers will adapt their autonomous vehicles to obey California’s rules. Apparently, Google objected a particular law which was proposed. It required that the automaker of a self driving car should submit the testing data of the vehicle for a year, the data being disabled from self-driving mode allowing the car to implement the autonomous system.
An alignment which included Volvo, Uber, Google, Ford, and Lyft asserted that such a rule would imply a significant delay in the production process of this type of cars. The number of accidents could decrease when self-driving cars are issued. Other private companies also disagreed with some of the rules proposed by DMV. The proposal claimed that the producer would only launch autonomous vehicles which are provided with sensor data controlled by law enforcement.
This regulation will be achieved without the need for a warrant. The laws which were proposed did not seem to be all restrictive. California’s DMV assured automakers that the issuing of driverless cars without a steering wheel would soon be possible. The rules imposed by DMV pointed out that every automaker will need to get the approval of local governments for the vehicle to pass the driving test.
Ron Medford, who is a director of safety for Google’s autonomous car project, argued that this kind of rule brings as obstacle a lot of difficulties for automakers. This rule implies that car producers will need to update the technology of their self-driving car on an annual basis. There is still time to decide upon which laws will pass and which will be modified.
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