California proposes regulations for light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has released proposed regulations for companies seeking to test or deploy light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on public roads in the state.

The proposed regulations would allow companies to test autonomous delivery vehicles weighing less than 10,001 pounds with an approved permit from the DMV, as long as they do not charge a delivery fee.

If companies want to make their autonomous technology commercially available, they must apply for a deployment permit for public use. At present, the regulations exclude the testing or deployment of autonomous vehicles weighing more than 10,001 pounds.

More than 60 companies have so far been awarded permits to test autonomous vehicles with a safety driver on the state’s public roads, while just one, Waymo, has a permit for driverless testing.

The proposed regulations are open for consultation until 27 May 2019. Further details can be found on the DMV website.

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