Google has been leading the “autonomous vehicle technology” revolution. The company suggests that the DMV could keep using its existing driver test to certify driverless cars.
Consumer advocates say the DMV should put rules in place now against sharing owner trip information with third parties.
“The time to insure that this new driverless car technology has the necessary privacy protections is while it is being designed and developed,” says John Simpson with Consumer Watchdog. “This is a concept known as privacy by design.”
The DMV is also calling on auto makers to include a failsafe switch that would allow a human driver to take over if the autonomous technology fails.
A draft of the regulations is expected by early summer. The DMV has until the beginning of next year to finalize the regulations.