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This fall, Californians can get licenses for their driverless cars

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Self-driving cars are rolling one lane closer to a highway near you.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles intends to begin granting driver licenses for operating specific autonomous vehicles in September.

To get a license, the human “drivers” jetting around in their self-driving vehicles will need to pass a test created by the carmaker and vetted by the California DMV. That’ll include default driver training in addition to instructions for operating any whiz-bang autonomous car tech.

You’ll be able to apply for a license in July, although this is all a bit preemptive, since car manufacturers aren’t selling self-driving cars quite yet. But when that day comes, California will be ready with the paperwork.

A license will set you back $150. The complete license terms are available here.


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17 comments
Alicia Ranch-Traille
Alicia Ranch-Traille

This is really exciting! There are just too many laws cropping up around driving. Many states ban texting while driving, but did you know that texting while *walking* is actually even more dangerous? (source: http://tinyurl.com/mwxtwvg) The legislation-happy person could only conclude that walking and holding your phone should be banned, too. But legislation is not the answer. Improved technology, like this car, IS.


GTM360
GTM360

@Clagett You're jumping the gun? You should really avoid CA only when it lets driverless cars apply for licenses on their own:)

Lonny Plock
Lonny Plock

it still would be fun to pretend i'm driving it lol

Fdl Lcr
Fdl Lcr

The world is to get so much better... only and only for lame drivers.

Sanjay Gandhi
Sanjay Gandhi

what's the license for? to drive a driverless car?

Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker

cant be any worse than the actual drivers!

SqnLdrHusain
SqnLdrHusain

@RajeshBlue well I had those in mind who give left indicator & turn right..what auto logic will survive that LOL!!

RajeshBlue
RajeshBlue

@SqnLdrHusain I agree..and cows and Buffalo occupying centre of the road in many of our cities this machine stands no chance.