The much anticipated self driving car introduced by Google early this year has come up against new testing rules set to take effect September 16 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The new rules require drivers to be able to take immediate control of the vehicle as needed, which in turn requires the car itself to have steering wheel, brake pads and accelerator pedals. All of which the Google’s vehicle lacks.
In response to these rules, the company has announced plans to adhere to state laws by adding a temporary steering wheel and pedal system to the car for test drivers. This means Google will be able to test their vehicle on public roads, rather than being limited to private roads and/or public roads outside of California.
According to an article by WSJ Blogs, these recent challenges highlight the how far Google still needs to go in order to get their autonomous vehicle on the road. Regulators are being cautious. The vehicles drive at a speed no greater that 25 mph, and the test vehicles will now include temporary manual controls. One hundred of these prototypes will be tested on private roads in the next month.
Read more here- “A Car Without a Steering Wheel or Pedals? Not So Fast, California Says,” (Alistair Blair, WSJ Blogs)