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I guess I'll throw numbers out there for the hell of it ... 11 years old to travel alone, and only when you have an adult waiting for them at the destination (who else is gonna program your car to come back to you?!). 16 to travel freely and purchase a self driving car. That's what I'd go with after considering this very heavily for about 15 seconds. If kids start going missing we can tweak it.
Should a state nevertheless decide to permit such non-testing operation of self-driving vehicles, at a minimum the state should require that a properly licensed driver (i.e., one licensed to drive self-driving vehicles) be seated in the driver’s seat and be available at all times in order to operate the vehicle in situations in which the automated technology is not able to safely control the vehicle.