Waymo is considered by many to be a leader in driverless car development, so its permit application comes as no surprise. According to an anonymous source, the Chronicle reports, Waymo will begin testing sans-human safety drivers near its Mountain View headquarters. Once testing is established there, it will expand its test area to more of the greater Bay Area.
California's decision to allow testing without human safety drivers came as a surprise to many after theinto a pedestrian in Arizona at the end of March. It should be said that California's planned oversight of the companies' testing should help mitigate risks to pedestrians and other motorists.
Among the requirements set forth by the California DMV to obtain and then retain a driverless testing permit are two-way communications capability with the vehicle, geofencing to ensure the vehicle doesn't leave its predetermined test area and sufficient security technology to be able to resist cyber attacks.
Currently self-driving cars require human engagement traveled.of safety with its autonomous test vehicles, with an average of just one disengagement (the term used for situations in which a human safety driver must intervene and take control of an autonomous vehicle) per 5,596 test miles traveled. By comparison, it has been speculated that Uber's