Autonomous Driving in California: A New Frontier or Business as Usual?

View Authors March 2017

The future for autonomous vehicle technologies is developing rapidly and California is quickly trying to re-establish itself as a leader in what many project to be a trillion dollar industry. On March 10, 2017, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) released its latest set of draft regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicle technologies. The 33-page proposal builds upon two earlier drafts published in December 2015 and September 2016 and allows for the testing and possibly eventual deployment of fully autonomous vehicles on California’s roads without human backup drivers inside the vehicles.