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Google Doesn't Want Steering Wheels or Brakes in Its Self-Driving Cars

Google is running up against new testing rules from California's Department of Motor Vehicles...
August 27, 2014

Google is running up against new testing rules from California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The rules, which take effect on Sept. 16, require a driver to be able to take "immediate physical control" of a vehicle on public roads if needed. That means the car must have a steering wheel and brake and accelerator pedals. Google is adamant about a vehicle without a steering wheel and pedals because the company wants to develop a completely autonomous vehicle that can operate without any human intervention.

Google says it will comply with the requirements, but it seems reluctant. It will build a small, temporary steering-wheel and pedal system that drivers can use during testing. Other companies are integrating autonomous features, such as self-parking and lane-straightening, into existing vehicles—ones that still have steering wheels and brakes.

A Bumpy Trip for Google's Self-driving Cars (Wall Street Journal 8/24/14)

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