As anticipated, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced Monday that it will allow tech companies and car manufacturers to begin testing automated vehicles on California roads without human safety drivers.
According to the announcement on the DMV site, “On February 26, 2018, the [DMV] approved the driverless testing and deployment regulations. The department will post a public notice of that approval on its website and can begin approving applications 30 days after the notice.”
That means driver-free cars may appear on Bay Area roadways as early as April. While weighing the decision, the DMV processed public comments from bodies as varied as the city governments of major metros like San Francisco and LA to private groups like the Sacramento-based Society For the Blind and of course self-driving carmakers themselves.