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2016-10-03 08:22

LET THE TESTS BEGIN: Self driving cars will be rolled out in California. The US state has given the greenlight to feature autonomous cars without the need for human drivers behind the wheel. Image: iStock

Sacremento, California - A new California law allows self-driving vehicles to be tested on public roads with no human backup.

The San Jose Mercury News  reports, that under the bill signed into law on Thursday (September 29) by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, vehicles without steering wheels, brake pedals or accelerators can be tested at two Bay Area sites.

The vehicles will be limited to speeds of less than 56km/h.

Interest from Google, Apple

The trials will take place at Contra Costa Transportation Authority's autonomous-vehicle testing site on a former naval facility and at a business park that contains public roads.

READ: Self-driving cars still need humans... to program them

Officials say Google and Apple have expressed interest in using the former naval site. The business park project will involve 12-person worker-transport shuttles.

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