Many world renowned tech companies are making strides into autonomous vehicle market. All of them are investing heavily in their projects and intend to change the world. However, some of them are trying to persuade Californian lawmakers to make some adjustments to their proposed self-driving car rules.
California Wants to Become the First State with a Comprehensive Autonomous Car
On Friday, Apple sent a letter to California government with suggestions on how to tweak their proposed self-driving car rules. The bill is still under development and wasn’t officially adopted yet. The proposed changes can offer Apple, and other such tech companies, access to public data. This way, they can find out the strengths and weaknesses in their rivals’ plans.
Alphabet Inc, Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Uber Technologies Inc, Tesla Motors Inc, and others have all given their own input regarding the law. This manifestation appeared after California declared on Tuesday that it would wait to review further comments before deciding the best way to change one of its policies. The targeted bill concerns giving green light to companies to test cars without controls, drivers or steering wheels.
California intends to become the state where the first comprehensive autonomous car was created. As such, the state hosts a sharp race between tech companies and automakers. As a consequence, the state found it normal to ask for advice from experts in order to develop the right regularization for this domain.
Apple Wants the Self-Driving Car Rules to Give More Control to Drivers and Change Definitions
One of the ideas brought in by Apple regards the disengagements of the self-driving system. At the moment, California impels firms to report the number of times their vehicles had to deactivate the autonomous system. These cases can occur when there is a system failure or an issue related to weather, traffic, and road conditions. In these situations, the car system switches to human intervention to avert any perils.
However, Apple wants California to allow people to take control over their autonomous cars. This way, they can avoid even minor violations of traffic rules. Moreover, the tech company asked California to rewrite the definition of a self-driving car. As it is now, the description leaves room to the interpretation that the driver that assists the autonomous system doesn’t necessarily need a permit.
More other companies jumped in with their own suggestions. The state of California has now to review these inputs and decide how to create the legal framework of the self-driving car industry. In light of this event, several automakers claimed that their first fleet of autonomous cars might be ready by 2021.
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