California's DMV is now able to issue permits to companies pursuing autonomous vehicles. These self driving cars are driven by machines – a series of data gathering systems controlled by software to pilot a motor vehicle on the streets without a person behind the steering wheel. Of the 50 or so companies currently testing AVs in California only one applied for permission. Steve Chiotakis talks to Tod Mesirow about the development.
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