Ford is one of the largest car brands testing autonomous cars in California
The Californian government is now legally allowing the testing of autonomous cars on the state’s roads without safety drivers behind the wheel.
Following the granting of a permit, active autonomous car technology companies, such as Uber, Lyft and Waymo, as well as car brands such as Ford, can now gather data from public tests with true driverless vehicles.
However, as local paper The Mercury News reported, no company has applied for a permit at this stage. It is thought to be because the new rule comes into place just weeks after the world’s first fatal road accident involving an autonomous car took place.
An Uber Technologies-operated Volvo XC90 tragically hit and killed a woman when she stepped onto a section of road in Arizona that wasn’t a pedestrian crossing two weeks ago. Uber told The Mercury News that it is currently “head down” focusing on the investigation; it has suspended all driverless technology tests for now.