California Authorizes Light-Duty Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Mid-America Freight Coalition 

This article was originally posted on January 2, 2020.

California will allow the testing and commercial
use of light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on the state’s public roads,
and residents could soon receive deliveries from an autonomous vehicle.

In developing and adopting this rule-making, the DMV followed the same approach used for past AV regulations packages, including a public workshop and hearing. DMV Director Steve Gordon is quoted stating: “As always, public safety is our primary focus.” Requirements of permits include certification of several risk mitigation actions and plans. While this article provides a summary of various permit requirements, Ernie Perry, PhD, MAFC Program Manager and Associate Researcher at UW-Madison points out energy and emissions concerns for vehicles are paramount in California, the roads remain congested, and questions continue regarding effectiveness of the monitoring and safety measures for autonomous vehicles, and future impacts to driver employment. Transition to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) and automated freight vehicles raises many questions. Establishing the right regulations can allow the technologies to move forward and potentially increase safety for all road users, reduce congestion through more efficient vehicle interaction and routing, and provide environmental benefits by combining traffic efficiencies with alternative fueled vehicles.

Read full article on the California DMV website.

Recommended Posts

Image of 2 trucks on road

How much will it cost to go electric?

With the transition to electric passenger vehicles underway, there are still many unanswered questions regarding the environmental benefits and costs associated with the change.  Adding class 8 trucks to the transition amplifies many of the concerns.  Read about the estimated cost of creating the charging infrastructure for freight movement across U.S. freight corridors in this […]

Image of 2 trucks

Detention again?!

A recent article in Transport Topics announces an FMCSA study of detention delays for truck operators.  The time spent by truck operators spend in detention is defined as.“ the extra time truck drivers wait at shipping and receiving facilities due to delays not associated with the loading and unloading of cargo,” said a Feb. 16 FMCSA […]

Image of a EnTech Solutions Poster

How about Hydrogen? Alternate Fuels Update.

Hydrogen fueled vehicles have great potential in decreasing carbon emissions and fuel related environmental degradation. In terms of truck electrification, many sources suggest that hydrogen electric is the future, yet based on the passenger vehicle market the infrastructure and fuel of the future seems to be all-electric.  While there is no causal link between fuel […]