On October 11, 2017, the DMV published revised regulations that cover driverless testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The proposed regulations would allow driverless cars to run on the streets of the state and if implemented, the driverless cars can arrive on California roads as early as June 2018. However, the proposed regulations are put up for public comment for 15 days until October 25, 2017.
This is being seen as a big boost for the automakers and the technology companies working in the field of developing autonomous driving technologies. If the regulations get implemented California may witness a significant influx of completely driverless vehicles running on its streets amid traffic, right now the rules mandates a driver sitting behind the wheels in case anything goes wrong.
But before deploying a driverless vehicle, manufacturers are required to certify that their vehicles meet federal safety standards and are designed to comply with state traffic laws. But it should also be noted that California would not be the first state to allow completely driverless cars on its roads. Florida, Michigan, and Nevada already allow autonomous testing without driver present behind the wheel.