Bills aimed at closing traffic ticket loophole for driverless cars get initial green light

Two separate California bills, seeking to add tougher regulations over the driverless car industry, got the greenlight this week to continue making their way through the legislature in hopes of ultimately moving to a full vote…

Currently, transportation laws in California require traffic tickets to be issued to drivers. As NBC Bay Area reported last year, law enforcement has interpreted that to mean in the case of autonomous vehicles violating the rules of the road, no tickets can be written since there are no human drivers present…

In addition to making driverless car companies liable for moving violations, Ting’s bill also seeks to standardize communication between driverless car companies and emergency responders by requiring autonomous vehicles to be equipped with a two-way communication device that would allow first responders to remotely connect with dispatch operators for driverless car companies within 30 seconds.

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