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DMV Receives New Data on Self-Driving Cars

Are you curious about the latest information on self-driving cars? You’ve come to the right place!

DMV received the first set of disengagement reports earlier this month, a required part of testing regulations. “Disengagement” refers to any instance when a vehicle switched its mode of operation from computer to driver. The vehicle shift from autopilot, either due to a technological failure or as a safety measure, allows the human occupant to drive, just like the automobiles we all know on our roadways today.

Seven manufacturers of autonomous vehicles—Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Google, Delphi, Tesla, Bosch and Nissan—submitted the annual reports, spanning the period of initial testing permit issuance through November 30, 2015. Cruise Automation, BMW, Honda and Ford—who received their permits later than the original seven—will submit their first disengagement reports next year.

DMV will hold two public workshops designed to gather input from industry, consumer and public interest groups, and the public, on the public use of self-driving cars.  For more information on locations and times of the workshops, click here.


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