The California Department of Motor Vehicles will hold a public workshop to gather and discuss input on the development of the regulations related to testing and deployment of autonomous light-duty motor trucks (delivery vehicles) with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,001 pounds.
All interested parties, including manufacturers, individuals with technical and subject matter expertise in the design, development, and verification of autonomous vehicle technology, consumer and public interest groups, local government, potential end-users, and academic/research institutions are invited to attend the public workshop.
Senate Bill 1298 (Chapter 570; Statutes of 2012) enacted Vehicle Code Section 38750 which requires the department to adopt regulations establishing rules for the use of autonomous vehicles on public roads, with or without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle. The department initially adopted regulations to allow for testing of autonomous vehicles with a driver behind the wheel in 2014. Regulations to allow testing without a driver (driverless testing) and deployment (public use) of autonomous vehicles were subsequently adopted and became effective in April 2018.
The department’s current regulations exclude certain vehicles from testing or deployment with or without a driver on public roads, including vehicles over 10,001 pounds and motor trucks.
This public workshop will focus on topics related to testing and deployment of autonomous motor trucks (delivery vehicles) with a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,001 pounds.
California Department of Motor Vehicles
State Capitol, Room 4203, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814