Google antsy as California slow on self-driving car rules

Nov 16, 2015 12:54 PM by News Staff

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Hustling to bring cars that drive themselves to a road near you, Google finds itself somewhere that has frustrated many before: Waiting on the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The tech titan wants to give the public access to cars that drive with sensors and computing power - and don't even have a steering wheel or pedals.

California regulators first want Google to prove its prototype cars drive as safely as people.

The problem is that no one is sure what that proof looks like.

As a result, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is nearly a year late in drafting rules that would legalize self-driving cars for use beyond their current testing on city streets and highways.

The DMV also is exasperated. It specializes in licensing drivers, not cutting-edge technology.

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