How California is Trying to Keep Autonomous Vehicle Development on Track

The proposed regulations back away from an earlier proposal of requiring qualified third parties to certify the safety of developers’ autonomous vehicles, perhaps in large part because the state recognizes that there’s still no feasible and proven way to demonstrate that the technology is safe. California doesn’t need the most permissive regulations to remain competitive — the state just needs to create a sensible regulatory road map that keeps the engine of autonomous vehicle innovation humming. These proposed rules seem to do that.