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Google isn't feeling the love from California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which drafted a set of rules on autonomous vehicles that set several restrictions on their use. As currently conceived, driverless cars would be required to have a steering wheel, pedals, and a licensed driver behind the wheel in case something goes awry. It sounds reasonable on the surface, but from Google's vantage point, the DMV is essentially placing a ceiling on autonomous driving technology. Google is looking to totally transform the driving experience and has designed vehicles that, when finished, would lack a steering wheel or pedals. Part of the thinking behind that approach is to make the technology... Read more...
Daimler and Google couldn’t be taking more opposite approaches to putting autonomous vehicles on public roads. Google’s Lexus SUV and “gumdrop” car are unassuming vehicles that are meant to blend in with human traffic without causing a stir. Daimler, on the other hand, just sent a Mercedes-Benz Actros truck on a highway between Denkendorf and Stuttgart in Germany. “Safe testing in real traffic is absolutely decisive for the development of this technology to market maturity. We are now able to proceed with this,” said Daimler Executive Board member Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard. The truck features Daimler’s Highway Pilot software and the requisite hardware, including front-mounted radar and a camera.... Read more...
California is making it legal for self-driving vehicles to hit the road. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has started issuing permits allowing these self-driving cars to be tested on the state’s public roads so long as certain requirements are met and fees are paid. A $150 application fee is required that will provide permits for 10 vehicles and 20 drivers. An additional $50 will add another 10 drivers. But that is not all. Back in May, new rules were outlined stipulating that a test driver is “either in immediate physical control of the vehicle or is actively monitoring the vehicle’s operations and capable of taking over immediate physical control.” The new... Read more...
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