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California isn't ready for driverless cars
California isn't ready for driverless cars

The car of the future isn't quite ready for the present. At least not in California. A state law passed in 2012 legalized "autonomous vehicles" — otherwise known as driverless cars — and allowed their makers to test them on public roads. The law also directed the state Department of Motor Vehicles to develop — by Jan. 1, 2015 — regulations and protocols to certify that the cars are safe before they are widely operated or sold to the public. But it now appears the DMV will miss that deadline. DMV officials have found that it's not easy to develop regulations for a brand-new technology. Autonomous vehicles use GPS and other navigation systems...

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