Law Signed: California allows autonomous vehicles


Governor Jerry Brown signed a law yesterday at Google's Mountain View headquarters in Mountain View. The proposal was made by Democratic Senator Alex Padilla. The law ("SB 1298") establishes safety and performance standards and is to be enforced by both the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Highway Patrol, as reported by "WIRED" online.

The DMV is due to submit provisional regulations for autonomous vehicles by the beginning of 2015. In addition, the law stipulates that even with self-driving cars, a driver with a driver's license must always be behind the wheel to intervene if necessary. Padilla wants to make sure with his law that California remains at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development. In particular, Google, whose fleet of self-driving Toyota Prius and Lexus RX has covered more than 300, 000 kilometers, is researching in this area. In addition, the Stanford University in Silicon Valley researches together with VW and Audi on the subject.