Sorry if this is addressed somwhere, but I am unable to find it.
Is it a mutant vehicle if there is nobody aboard?
I am envisioning this big honking thing, crawling along on multiple legs. It has a good sized eletric motor driven by a bank of golf cart batteries. Lights, gizmos, whirlygigs, the whole nine. But, as I am currently planning, it would be controlled by a tether remote (similar to a chain hoist) i.e. by someone (myself) walking along with it.
To calm any fears, I already have plans for a killswitch and keyed ignition. I have no intention of driving this under the influence, and I have some folk who are stoked to be spotters. Now, as taking this thing out for the day/night would be a major undertaking, I will probably add space for a toolbox, supplies, and of course a cooler (), but no riders.
---so, the $20k question... do I need a DMV permit?