In early April, California introduced new rules that allow automakers, techno giants, and indeed anyone to experience completely autonomous cars on the roads. And they came into force. But before these companies rush to build taxi fleets of self-governing cars, they will have to wait until the proposal, considered by the California Commission of Public Initiatives, is accepted. The rules suggested by the commission will allow passengers to participate in pilot programs, but only if the program creators fulfill certain conditions.
First, passengers can only take cars with spare drivers. This will not be a problem, since only one (unnamed) company has applied for a test of self-propelled cars in California, at the moment. However, it is expected that these rules will be fully implemented in the future. Companies should also ensure that their service is provided free of charge – the commission plans to develop rules for paid transportation, but this will happen only after the approval of the first set of rules.
Cars participating in pilot programs will not be able to pick up passengers and land them at airports, and themselves Riders must be 18 years of age or older. Any company that wants to participate in the program will have to regularly report how many kilometers its cars passed, how many trips were made and how many people with disabilities were served. Finally, you will have to wait 90 days after applying for permission to transport passengers.
Obviously, the safety of passengers is beyond all. Self-managed taxis should evolve in tandem with regulatory authorities, so that there are no instances when the autopilot goes out of control and kills its passenger. Perhaps self-governing taxis will start to travel around California this summer. An important step for autonomous transport.