If the technology were reliably better than human drivers, however, it would be nearing a launch which most companies say is a few years away. Before approval of those, the regulations will be made subjected to the public comment period, which will be ending by October 25 and then will be submitted to the enforcement of the State Government.
The revised regulations are the result of feedback from automakers, consumer advocates, local governments and insurance companies, the DMV said in a statement. California regulators have taken an important step to clear the road for everyday people to get self-driving cars. The public is unlikely to get that advanced version of the technology until several years after the deployment of cars that look and feel more like traditional, human-controlled vehicles.
And manufacturers still have to obey the state traffic laws written for California.
The proposed regulations recognize that responsibility for motor vehicle safety resides at the federal level, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is vested with the authority to develop and enforce compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
"Vehicle safety is the wheelhouse of the federal government", said Brian Soublet, head attorney at the DMV.
The revised regulations also clarify to which local authorities manufacturers must notify when they are planning to test autonomous vehicles without a human operator, which cites "local authorities" as defined by California Vehicle Code 385.
A full copy of the proposed changes is available on the California DMV website.
Consumer Watchdog criticized the revisions, saying California should stick to its earlier, stricter state requirements.Consumer Watchdog criticized the revisions, saying California should stick to its earlier, stricter state requirements. DMV authorizes almost 1,000 safety drivers to examine the said vehicles, but next year, when the rules are into effect, companies are allowed to deploy their driverless cars into the streets.
California would also require automakers and tech firms to record information about autonomous sensors in the 30 seconds before a collision.