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California issues first permits for self driving cars




An image released by Google shows an early version of its driverless vehicle. The company has built several prototypes of the self-driving car.
An image released by Google shows an early version of its driverless vehicle. The company has built several prototypes of the self-driving car.
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California is one step closer this week to making the 1980s Hollywood fantasy of Knight Rider a 21st century reality because permits for self-driving cars issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles officially went into effect Tuesday. Now a handful of companies can test automated cars on public roads.

Buckle up — it's gonna be a wild ride.

John O'Dell is a Senior Editor at Edmunds.com, and he joins Alex Cohen to talk about what this means for the future of the driverless car industry.