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Fully driverless cars given the go-ahead in California

Fully driverless cars given the go-ahead in California

Fully driverless cars will be on the roads of California in a month.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) confirmed earlier this week that it has approved self-driving cars to operate on public roads in the American state from April 1, meaning a landmark moment for the motoring industry is now only a month away.

Despite this, DMV has revealed that it still requires a "remote operator to continuously supervise the vehicle's performance of the dynamic driving task".

The authority has also provided a strict definition of the term, saying a remote operator is "a natural person: who possesses the proper class of license for the type of test vehicle being operated; is not seated in the driver's seat of the vehicle; engages and monitors the autonomous vehicle; is able to communicate with occupants in the vehicle through a communication link. A remote operator may also have the ability to perform the dynamic driving task for the vehicle or cause the vehicle to achieve a minimal risk condition."

California has been leading the way in the sphere of autonomous driving over the last few years, according to Electrak, which notes that the states of Arizona and Nevada have been hot on their heels in recent times.

The autopilot feature on Tesla model cars is already legal, but the jump to fully driverless cars is thought to represent an even bigger moment for the industry.

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