California given deadline on plan to integrate driverless cars onto public roads

California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology — get ahead of a big new development before it goes public.

By the end of the year, the U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must write rules to regulate cars that rely on computers — not the owner — to do the driving.
That process began Tuesday, when the DMV held an initial public hearing in Sacramento to puzzle over how to regulate the vehicles that haven’t been fully developed yet.