California proposes rules for self-driving cars

An autonomous car being developed by Google -- seen February 2 2015 with US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx -- would be barred from California roads under draft rules proposed December 16 because a driver can't assume control of the vehicleCalifornia motor vehicle department officials on Wednesday proposed self-driving car regulations that included mandating that a licensed driver be available and able to take the wheel if needed. The draft set of rules released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles for a public comment phase would not allow for legal operation of an autonomous car being tested by Google because it lacks a steering wheel or foot pedal controls. “We’re gravely disappointed that California is already writing a ceiling on the potential for fully self-driving cars to help all of us who live here,” Google said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

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