In the not-too-distant future, you'll probably be in a self-driving car. And in California, not a single passenger in that car will need a license before the car can take off.
That future was described by California's Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday, when the department outlined new regulations for the <b>booming self-driving car industry.</b>
If officials deem the cars safe enough, nobody in the car would need a license to operate it.
The regulations will be subject to a public hearing on October 19, <b>The Guardian reports</b>.
Back in December, the <b>agency's initial rules</b> required a licensed driver. But industry experts have envisioned cars that don't need humans, even as a backup, to drive.
The federal Department of Transportation <b>released its own guidelines for driverless cars last week</b>.
So is this coming any time soon?
Not quite yet. Most self-driving cars are still being tested and refined. Even the fleet of self-driving Ubers currently on Pittsburgh's streets <b>have a human acting as a backup</b>.
California's new rules also included language that would prevent cars with features like <b>Tesla's Autopilot</b> from calling themselves "self-driving," since that definition of self-driving isn't exactly literal - it assumes there's still a conscious driver behind the wheel.
It also followed suit with the federal guidelines and dropped a requirement to have a third-party company separately certify that self-driving cars were safe enough for the streets.