Several companies on the production of self-driving cars got permission at DMV in California, which will allow their testing.
Bernard Soriano from the Department of Vehicles of California confirmed that permissions of the state are given to Google, Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG), and Audi cars of production of Volkswagen AG. Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi belong to the category of luxury cars.
Soriano reported that the Audi company got permissions first. Then there was Daimler and Google. Amendments to the legislation, according to which permission of testing of the state of self-driving cars on roads is required, came into force. According to Soriano, in the Department, there are some more requests of other carmakers for testing of similar cars on roads.
Among obligatory requirements for obtaining permission, there is a possibility of switching on manual steering at any time. It means the need of equipment of self-driving cars with a steering wheel and pedals of a brake and gas for a human.
Representatives of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz reported that their engineers would teach self-driving cars to safe movement on roads of the USA using various methods.
The permission given to DMV will allow companies to make tests on public roads of California. In addition, some companies tested a control system of self-driving cars on the closed proving grounds, and on public roads. In 2015, the pilot model of the self-driving car based on BMW of the third series independently passed the 30 kilometers-long route.
California traditionally is considered one of the most favorable American states for tests of self-driving cars on public roads. There is a favorable climate (cameras work in rain and snow badly), and traffic regulations allow movement of self-driving cars. In this state, Google’s cars appeared on public roads first. Besides, recently it became known that in California tests of self-driving cars without the wheel, pedals, and the driver would also begin. The relevant amendments to rules of movement of self-driving cars are already approved by DMV.
The reason that prevents testing in other states is that rain, dew, snow, and fog prevent cars from the use. The automated system does not ‘see’ through the obstacles that are provided with precipitations. The latter ones create the ‘hiss’ in the ‘electronic eyes’ of a car and its computing ‘brains’ cannot distinguish the road from the hissing. That is why one of the top priorities for the future of this wing of vehicle construction is delivering software that would eliminate such hissing.