MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate autonomous vehicles on state roads and highways.
The governor signed it at the Mountain View headquarters of Google Inc., which has been developing autonomous car technology and lobbying for the regulations.
Google's fleet of a dozen computer-controlled vehicles has logged more than 300,000 miles of self-driving without an accident, the company said.
The regulations would allow vehicles to operate autonomously, but a licensed driver would still need to sit behind the wheel in case of emergency.