In California allowed to test cars with the autopilot and without drivers
According to documents submitted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic, it is already in the state recorded more than forty companies are working to develop autonomous driving car systems. Among them there are developers ready universal solutions, suitable for most cars, and companies that create from scratch your own car or working on the implementation of their own development in certain models. Now in the state is about 300 cars with the autopilot, which are continuously being improved and tested. And it seems, will soon unmanned vehicles will be allowed to travel on ordinary roads without a driver in the cabin.
Yesterday, officials of the Department presented the modified provisions of the legislation, according to which developers will be able to test their unmanned cars without steering wheels, pedals, mirrors and wheel drivers on the usual municipal roads.
This does not mean that everything will be haphazard and at its discretion, to test horrible, endangering traffic safety, but now developers will be able to break in developments in urban environments. The main thing - do not forget to request an advance. Besides, now they will have to report on the test results, and if their car is not to leave on autopilot from the garage, at first it is necessary to test the driver sitting behind the wheel for control. The results of the first tests also need to be sent to the department, where special attention will be paid to cases where the software does not deal with the situation without the help of man. But that is not enough, because for permission to test the developers still have to apply to a special department of the US government - is there yet to decide whom to grant a license for testing and who should be held until the garage.
After two weeks, the situation will be submitted to the state government. If all goes well, the new rules for owners of cars with the autopilot and manufacturers have already come into force by summer 2018.