By the end of the year, the U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles DMV [of California] must write rules to regulate autonomous cars
Among the complex questions officials sought to unravel:
- How will the state know the cars are safe?
- Does a driver even need to be behind the wheel?
- Can manufacturers mine data from onboard computers to make product pitches based on where the car goes or set insurance rates based on how it is driven?
- Do owners get docked points on their license if they send a car to park itself and it slams into another vehicle?
Much of the initial discussion Tuesday focused on privacy concerns.