Driverless cars: Is the state’s approach best?

-SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 20 DECEMBER 2015, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH: 

The California Department of Motor Vehicles released preliminary rules last week for driverless cars that led Google, a pioneer in the field, to pronounce itself “gravely disappointed.” DMV’s most significant requirements: The cars must have a steering wheel, can only be used if a licensed driver is in the vehicle in case the autonomous driving system fails and can only be leased, not sold, to state residents.

DMW officials say they want to strike a balance between safety and encouraging a promising technology. They won applause from some corners. But Bryant Walker Smith, a University of South Carolina law professor who is an authority on the legal issues involved with self-driving cars, told Associated Press that California’s rules point “to a very long slog ahead for not just Google, but really other automakers as well.” <Read More>