The DMV is poised to approve true driverless cars much faster than anyone
in Barstow or Mojave originally thought.
Last December, the DMV indicated that it would green-light driverless cars
that still had humans behind the wheel in case something went wrong. Google
and other tech companies were less than thrilled, as they envisioned vehicles
with no steering wheels or pedals. They argued that since humans are not
very good drivers – which is one of the main ideas behind autonomous
vehicles – having a human driver as a failsafe did not make much
sense. But after the federal government released a 15-point safety standard
for driverless cars, the DMV changed its position. It now seems willing
true driverless cars as long as they meet or exceed the federal safety standard.
The new regulations include other provisions as well; for example, Tesla
and other manufacturers that make cars with auto-pilot features cannot
market them as “self-driving” or “autonomous.”
Driverless Cars and Traffic Tickets
There are those who believe that driverless cars will be
the end of the world as we know it, at least as far as traffic tickets are concerned. Since these vehicles
are programmed not to speed or change lanes illegally or run stoplights,
the fear is that local governments will lose millions in revenue. But
the government has found new sources of revenue before, and it will do
so again. For example, before the IRS started income tax source withholding,
the federal government mostly lived on tariffs and other such excise taxes.
Once driverless cars start appearing en masse, officers may start writing
more tickets for
non-point infractions, like expired registration stickers, non-working equipment, expired drivers’
licenses, and the list goes on. Then as now, if drivers address the deficiencies
in a timely manner, most prosecutors are willing to dismiss these citations.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-349-9755.