Latest in Gear

Image credit: Waymo

Arizona no longer requires safety drivers in autonomous vehicles

The state’s governor signed an executive order this week.
1366 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Waymo

Arizona will now allow self-driving cars to operate in the state without a safety driver behind the wheel. Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order this week making it legal for these vehicles to operate on their own as long as they abide by all federal and state safety standards. "As technology advances, our policies and priorities must adapt to remain competitive in today's economy," Governor Ducey said in a statement. "This executive order embraces new technologies by creating an environment that supports autonomous vehicle innovation and maintains a focus on public safety."

Ducey's order comes just days after California announced that fully driverless cars will be allowed on its roads starting in April. And both states have played host to a number of self-driving vehicles tests in recent years. In Arizona, Waymo, Intel, Uber and GM are among those testing their driverless tech. However, while California will require remote operators and special permits, Arizona won't institute such regulations.

Waymo is already preparing a driverless taxi fleet to operate in the Phoenix area. It plans to launch the service later this year.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
1366 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The best USB-C laptop and tablet chargers

The best USB-C laptop and tablet chargers

View
After Math: Risky businesses

After Math: Risky businesses

View
Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Buds+ leak together in official-looking shots

Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Buds+ leak together in official-looking shots

View
India is now a larger smartphone market than the US

India is now a larger smartphone market than the US

View
Jeff Bezos' leaked text messages may have come from his girlfriend

Jeff Bezos' leaked text messages may have come from his girlfriend

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr