Regulators in California have published draft proposals designed to pave the way for the public to start using self-driving cars on the roads.
However, the cautious recommendations from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will, initially at least, insist on a fully licensed driver being behind the wheel, ready to take over in an emergency or if the technology fails.
California has been the testing ground for most of the development, and so regulations in the state are considered to be precedent-setting.
Prospective users of self-driving cars will need to undergo special training, and manufacturers would be required to monitor the cars’ use.
Answering a common query, regulators said any traffic violations or accidents would remain the responsibility of the human driver.
I agree with requiring a driver be in the car, but stop short of requiring manufacturers to monitor the car’s use.