Want a self-driving car? Regulators consider public use

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  • In this photo taken May 18, 2016, a Google self-driving car is seen on display at Google's I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. California regulators are asking members of the public what they think about proposed regulations that would eventually permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. The California Department of Motor Vehicles is hosting the hearing Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    In this photo taken May 18, 2016, a Google self-driving car is seen on display at Google's I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif. California regulators are asking members of the public what they think about proposed regulations that would eventually ... permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. The California Department of Motor Vehicles is hosting the hearing Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (The Associated Press)

  • Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Safety Administration, discusses self-driving cars at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a workshop on autonomous vehicles to let the public comment on proposed regulations that would, eventually, permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Safety Administration, discusses self-driving cars at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a workshop on autonomous vehicles ... to let the public comment on proposed regulations that would, eventually, permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (The Associated Press)

  • Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, displays a roll of toilet paper as a prop to say the proposed regulations for self-driving cars are paper thin, during a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a workshop Wednesday to let the public comment on proposed regulations that would, eventually, permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, displays a roll of toilet paper as a prop to say the proposed regulations for self-driving cars are paper thin, during a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. ... The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a workshop Wednesday to let the public comment on proposed regulations that would, eventually, permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (The Associated Press)

Members of the public will get a chance to tell California regulators what they think about proposed regulations that would — eventually — permit self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads.

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles is hosting the hearing Wednesday in the state Capitol. Both representatives of companies developing these cars of the future and skeptics who worry regulators are being pushed to embrace a technology that is not ready for the masses plan to testify.

For now, self-driving cars are still in the prototype testing phase. Their most bullish supporters suggest they could be ready within a year or two. The proposed regulations will govern how everyday people can get and use the cars once companies believe they are ready to be used by the public.