The BBC adds there are currently 27 manufacturers that have a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, but an actual living breathing human being must be present inside. This new proposal is essentially a framework as to how human-less testing would work and what will be required of those manufacturers in order to get started. "These rules expand our existing autonomous vehicle testing program to include testing vehicles where no driver is present," stated Jean Shiomoto, director of the California DMV. "This is the next step in eventually allowing driverless autonomous vehicles on California roadways." We also just reported that self-driving technology is being developed for race cars
and enthusiasts, specifically by Porsche.