Google's driverless cars have never received a traffic ticket. That
may be due, in part, to the fact that there are no laws covering these
types of vehicles.
Although driverless cars are already on California roads, the Department
of Motor Vehicles has yet to adopt regulations concerning these vehicles.
38750 requires the DMV to adopt new laws by January 2015. There have been a
few public hearings, but no such regulations have been adopted or even drafted.
The California DMV remains committed to the idea of driverless cars and
all other technological advances on the roadways, as long as these advances
contribute to motorists' safety.
New laws must be made for driverless cars, because it is only a matter
of time before one of these vehicles does receive a ticket. At that point,
who is responsible, since there is no driver? The programmer who created
the hardware? And what of the points? Does the programmer also get hit
with the points?
Other traffic laws must be amended from time to time. Speed limits change
to adopt to new traffic patterns, fines and penalties increase and decrease
and so on. There is an established
procedure in Kern County for changing the speed limit laws:
The bottom line is that if you think a traffic law needs to be changed,
you can do something about it.