Government permission opens new horizons for testing their technologies – however, there are several restrictions.
New rules will allow automakers and other companies to perform road tests of self-driving vehicles with passengers on public roads of California.
Though, so far there are some limitations for self-driving taxis. First of all, the service should be free – charging passengers is not allowed yet. However, the state promises to develop the monetization programme soon.
Also, self-driving taxis are not allowed to do pick ups and drop offs at airports. Passengers must be 18 years old or older, while operating companies should regularly file reports indicating the number of miles their self-driving vehicles travel, the rides they complete and the number of disabled passengers they serve.
Finally, there should be a backup human driver behind the steering wheel of each self-driving taxi. So far this is the necessary consumption for the sake of travel safety.