The Government Isn't OK With Driverless Cars You Can't Drive
Autonomous cars might not face a lot of regulations as long as they stick with traditional designs, like keeping the steering wheel and brake pedal.By Ben Lawson | March 12, 2016
It looks like developing regulations for autonomous cars might not be much of a problem — as long as they have a steering wheel.
A report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said there are very few hurdles keeping manufacturers from getting their self-driving cars certified if they stick to traditional designs.
Things get a little tricky when designs start to deviate from the norm. Sorry, Google, but standards still require foot-controlled brakes and a steering wheel. Basically, you have to retain the option to operate the vehicle manually.