California has new rules that govern the testing of self-driving cars on public roads.
The rules, approved Monday by state attorneys, require a human to be in the driver’s seat when a computer takes control during testing. They’re a response to a 2012 law that, in future, will allow personal use of self-driving cars.
Google and other companies already have sent computer-driven cars hundreds of thousands of miles in California.
They’re an attempt to catch up with technology that could be commercially available by decade’s end.
Currently driverless cars are a gray area of the law – after all, a human driver has been a basic assumption since cars were invented.
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