California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has given Waymo the go-ahead to test their autonomous cars in California.
Other companies, including Waymo, have tested their vehicles with the advent of back-up drivers in the front seat, but now Waymo will be the first company in CA to test a fully driverless car. The permit allows for up to 40 cars which can drive any time, day or night, on streets and highways with speed limits of up to 65 mph. The self-driving test zone encompasses Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale.
What will be the logistics of testing out these driverless cars? What are the concerns from public safety advocates? And what will be the next steps for Waymo and other driverless car companies after this initial test?