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Self-Driving Car Startups Question Data Mandate

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Feb. 24, 2020—Developers of self-driving cars are claiming a California reporting requirement on test data is not a relevant or accurate way to measure technical progress, according to a report by Reuters.

California requires all companies testing self-driving vehicles on public roads to submit an annual report on disengagements and what caused them, “written in plain language.”

The focus on disengagements — when a human driver must take manual control from a self-driving system — and the backlash from self-driving companies have been growing since the California Department of Motor Vehicles began releasing annual disengagement reports five years ago.

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