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California to begin handing out driver's licenses to autonomous cars

• http://www.dvice.com, Colin Druce-McFadden

Instead, the new cars will do the driving themselves. There will still be people behind the driver's wheel, but in light of the new driver's licenses those folks will be more like co-pilots, only taking control if the self-driving car runs into a problem.

The license isn't the first of its kind, but it is the most all-encompassing when it comes to where self-driving cars can go. Any roadways in the state of California will be open to the vehicles, and they won't even have to have the same person behind the wheel for their licenses to be valid. In fact, each license will cover up to 10 vehicles and 10 human co-pilots. All that coverage will cost a paltry $150. Of course, should anything go wrong, the autonomous cars will have to be insured for a minimum of $5 million — not exactly a walk in the park.

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