Think you’ll be letting a full autonomous car drive you to work in Nevada or California anytime soon? While it is already legal to let the car drive on the highway without direct control of the steering wheel and the brake and gas pedals, you still have to be in the driver’s seat.
Now, Michigan has taken a major step in letting you sit in the backseat — or even letting the car drive around by itself on public roads. In fact, the car doesn’t need a steering wheel.
While Florida has similar laws, Michigan is the first to enact a law that enables companies like Ford, GM, and Chrysler to test autonomous cars legally with no driver.