No driverless cars in California? Why April 2 won’t make history

Self-driving cars were supposed to make history on Monday, April 2, when for the first time, they were allowed to operate on California roads without any human vehicle assistants.

But, good luck finding any of the driverless cars on your local streets.

That’s because of the approximately 50 companies in the state said to be working on self-driving cars, not a single one has applied to the California Department of Motor Vehicles for the permits necessary to send a car without a driver, or assistant in the passenger seat, out onto the state’s roads. And it doesn’t appear that anyone in the self-driving car industry is in a rush to submit the paperwork that would let them put a fully autonomous car out among the 14.5 million automobiles that were registered in California as of 2016.