California issues first AV test permits

29 AV test vehicle permits were issued on Sept 16th: 25 to Google, 2 to Mercedes and 2 to Volkswagen (including the very 1st one to Audi).

The rules related to the first set of autonomous vehicle regulations:

  • Mfr must register the test vehicle with DMV
  • Mfr must have completed previous AV testing under controlled conditions
  • Mfr uses qualified test drivers who complete a training program and obey all provisions of the Vehicle Code
  • Mfr test drivers sit in the driver seat & are capable of taking immediate control of vehicle
  • Mfr reports to DMV any accident involving a test vehicle or any situation where the autonomous technology disengages during operation
  • Mfr maintains $5 million insurance or surety bond.
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