California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has finally proposed rules to open the way for truly driverless cars, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
“Under the rules, testing of such cars could begin by the end of 2017, and a limited number could become available to customers as early as 2018 — provided the federal government gives the necessary permission,” the AP wrote. “Currently, federal automobile standards require steering wheels, though Washington has shown a desire to encourage the technology.
“The rules are subject to a public hearing and a comment period, and could change. Regulators hope to put them in effect by December,” the story said.
The state has long been a Google test site.