California to Allow Fully Autonomous Cars to Test on Public Roads

California began accepting applications Monday for permits to deploy self-driving cars on public roads without a human backup driver at the wheel.

Recent fatal crashes by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona and a Tesla car operating in semiautonomous Autopilot mode in California have put a spotlight on safety, and on Monday the California Department of Motor Vehicles sent out a list of safety requirements that permit applicants must meet.

Among them, vehicles must:

Meet federal motor vehicle standards

Show results from tests that simulate real-world driving

Come with a two-way communications link

Be incapable of being operated autonomously outside the territory or driving conditions stated on the application

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SOURCE: LA Times, Russ Mitchell