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Calif. approves rules, promises self-driving cars by 2015

Calif. Approves Rules, Promises Self-Driving Cars By 2015

​"Look ma, no hands!" The California Department of Motor Vehicles approved a set of rules, readying the dawn of self-driving cars on Golden State roads.

The ground-breaking regulations explain how manufacturers should test, insure, register and report their self-driving cars to the State of California. According to Forbes, it will go into effect this September.

So unfortunately if you were hoping for a Tom Cruise-style ride from "Minority Report," you're going to have to wait.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles explains these latest rules do not apply to the average driver, just the makers. However, the department is expected to approve more regulations for consumers by January 1, 2015.

Besides the obvious differences, WZTV gives an example of how self-driving cars and their riders are paving the way to new rules on the road.

WZTV: "California law states that the person behind the wheel is responsible for what happens, but Google says no! Right now they are in talks with the DMV in California to work it out."

CNET says until now, Google had been running pilot programs in a "gray area" since there was no precedent set.

Some might say Google has a pretty good grip on the technology, but what about your wacky neighbor who built his own self-driving hotrod? The DMV explains not everybody can operate legally.

Operators must pass a special driving course. At any time, they must be ready to take over control of the autonomous vehicle. Operators must have an understanding of the technology and they can have no more than one point on their licenses for a traffic code violation.

An analyst on the Business News Network thinks automotive safety will advance with the new rules.

Business News Network: "It's very much real. I think that they are seeing this real massive change in the industry for active safety. Things that really change the way you drive."

California follows Nevada, who previously approved the testing of autonomous vehicles, and even created a special license plate for them. Besides Google, Nissan, Audi and Tesla are a few of the companies also pursuing self-driving cars.

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bobdude527 May 23 2014 at 5:01 AM

If you are sitting in a self driving car,not paying attention to your suroundings,you should be the one taking a bus.

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donahuepapad123 bobdude527 May 23 2014 at 6:52 PM

still just thinking about the people who can do and not the ones that could use help , thats all of us someday ???

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jclewsmass May 23 2014 at 7:04 AM

I thought we already had them. I see drivers with a phone in one hand and coffee in the other; women with makeup in one hand, mirror in the other. So what else is new?

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Lisa jclewsmass May 24 2014 at 3:19 PM

You blew your argument with the mirror comment...... visors have mirrors in them, many with lights.

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hcwhy May 23 2014 at 7:08 AM

It seems to me that people with many points on their license are exactly the people who SHOULD be driven by their cars.

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Ralph & Cindy hcwhy May 23 2014 at 7:45 AM

Now that's forward thinking!

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jerachrome hcwhy May 23 2014 at 10:35 AM

Actually, they should not have a license at all.

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edmigol jerachrome May 23 2014 at 12:41 PM

No license? No sweat, just drive anyway. What can they do, say you can't drive for six months?

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SCOTT !!!!!!!! May 23 2014 at 4:56 AM

Okay World this comes from MY state that can't afford one of those japanese fast trains to nowhere? Or,Are concidering taxing us by the mile for driving? So one don't put it past giving illegals and dogs and cats licenses and these cars before they balance our STATE BUDGET! Gov. Moonbeam and our idiot dems in charge? Believe in keep spending money we don't have? And, Also keep sending Business out of STATE.

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JIM SCOTT !!!!!!!! May 23 2014 at 12:06 PM

Liberals are famous for being pretty stupid.

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steve May 22 2014 at 11:49 PM

Here we go. This nuts. We already have airline pilots' that put their plane on automatic pilot and take a nape and land at the wrong city. Now cars that drive themselves. Sorry Im late boss but my car took me to Lower Arkansas instead of L.A.

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jerachrome steve May 23 2014 at 10:35 AM

...or, gee, I'm not a terrorist. The computer failed on my car and rammed into that crowd killing a dozen people.

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ravenshold001 jerachrome May 23 2014 at 2:09 PM

Not judging, but saying. On airline accidents 80-93% is due to human error, 20% due to equipment failure. The same could be said for driving. Regarding driving up to 40% of fatalities are due to substances (alcohol, drugs, etc). If we have reliable self driving cars, could we reasonably expect a drop in those fatalities? Something to think about.

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slackwarerobert steve May 23 2014 at 5:02 PM

don't forget. these are the same people that program the GPS to tell you to drive into a lake. Now the car will turn despite you not wanting to get wet.

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vtmilitia May 22 2014 at 11:46 PM

If your car is driving it's self, human nature being what it is, the operator is not going to be monitoring the car every second to take over.

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Randy May 23 2014 at 9:32 AM

Reason number 40,575,321 to not get within 500 miles of the left coast.

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kcarthey Randy May 23 2014 at 10:40 AM

Puts you in Salt Lake City...sounds about right.

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amirthedevil Randy May 23 2014 at 10:47 AM

Maybe you should, Randy, get out of the trailer park and visit San Diego or Orange County so you'd stop referring to the West Coast as Left Coast.

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Gene May 23 2014 at 7:57 AM

Who exactly approved this INSANE idea? I want names of each and everyone who signed off on this preposterous idea. When the first person or person(s) are killed or injured because of one of these death machines, all who gave the thumbs up should be immediately rounded up and a bullet put in each ones head on the six o'clock news. THIS IS INSANE!

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Vocem Meam May 23 2014 at 1:16 PM

Good. This is great. One day, the future kids will look back and say, "People actually used to drive these things. Can you imagine how many deaths it cost? I'm glad I wasn't born then..."

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leslie May 23 2014 at 11:28 AM

This will be fun to watch the road rage between two ruthless micro chips!

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slackwarerobert leslie May 23 2014 at 5:04 PM

It's not my fault, the pentium floating point bug did it.

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