California eyes driverless car testing with passengers

Regulators in California are moving closer to allowing driverless cars to carry passengers, even without a backup driver present.

The state’s Public Utility Commission on Friday issued a proposal that would authorize a pilot test program for autonomous vehicle passenger service. One version of the program would allow testing with a driver, and one without a driver.

The proposal comes a month after California’s Department of Motor Vehicles said it would begin accepting applications for fully driverless cars to start testing on public roads. The PUC regulates companies including those in the transportation sector, while the DMV has jurisdiction over the safe operation of vehicles.