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Self-driving vehicles register with California DMV

The California Department of Motor Vehicles recently mandated that self-driving cars register for a permit, and three companies have been approved to test drive 29 vehicles on any California road, the Associated Press reported on September 17.

Bernard Soriano, the DMV official overseeing California’s self-driving vehicle regulatory process, said among those who have already applied for regulation are 25 of Google’s Lexus SUVs, two for Mercedes, and two for the Volkswagen Group of America. He noted that other companies are also in the process of applying for registration.

In 2012, the California Legislature passed laws for the regulation of this emerging technology. Companies must report all accidents, every incident in which the vehicle failed in its self-driving mode, and must hold insurance capable of paying personal injury claims up to $5 million.

Although new innovations continue to develop in the motor vehicle industry, car accidents still happen and often result in serious injury and damages. If you have experienced an accident in San Diego due to the irresponsible actions of a negligent driver or manufacturer, the attorneys at Ritter & Associates may help you seek the compensation you need. Call our offices at (619) 296-0123 today to learn more.

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