By Justin Pritchard, March 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is wading
into the complex question of how to regulate the use of cars that rely
on computers — not people — to drive them.
Though they sound like something from the future, “driverless cars” could be commercially available by decade’s end.
Tuesday, the DMV is hearing ideas on how to integrate the cars onto
public roads. Questions range from data privacy and security — to
whether a person will have to be in the driver’s seat at all.
DMV already has drafted rules governing how companies can test the
technology. That was a reaction to the fact that Google had been testing
on highways and in neighborhoods well before the Legislature decided to