Apple & other companies want Calif. DMV to change autonomous vehicle rules

Apple & other companies want Calif. DMV to change autonomous vehicle rules

Dozens of tech companies, including Apple, Google’s Waymo and Tesla, have expressed their desire to see some changes in the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ self-driving car policies.

Apple, Waymo, Tesla and other companies like Uber, Lyft, Toyota and Ford recently submitted comments to the California DMV, which were then shared online. The suggestions range from deciding when a driver should take control of the self-driving vehicle to recommending paying passengers to be allowed to ride in autonomous vehicles.

Waymo, the self-driving car subsidiary of Google, said, “We’re encouraged by the DMV efforts to develop regulations for autonomous vehicles that would help California remain a leader in the development of self-driving cars. Waymo looks forward to deploying this life-saving technology in the state.”

Apple’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner said in a statement that the Cupertino-based tech giant wanted the DMV to make changes to three of its policies that relate to disengagement reporting, definitions and testing of vehicles without safety drivers.

The California DMV told reports that it is reviewing the public comments on the proposed self-driving vehicle regulations. In case it decides to make changes to the existing regulations, it will hold a fifteen-day public comment period to allow individuals and companies to weigh in.

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