The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), is allowing businesses to test out the use of autonomous delivery vehicles in California, officials said.
California is allowing the testing of commercial use of light-duty autonomous delivery vehicles on the state’s public roads with an approved permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Under revised regulations approved Monday by the Office of Administrative Law, companies with a DMV permit can operate autonomous delivery vehicles weighing less than 10,001 pounds, according to DMV officials.
“The adoption of these regulations means Californians soon could receive deliveries from an autonomous vehicle provided the company fulfills the requirements,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon.
The DMV can begin approving new applications in 30 days, and qualifying vehicles include autonomous passenger cars, midsized pick-up trucks and cargo vans carrying goods such as pizza or groceries.
Autonomous delivery vehicles are set to be in compliance with the same application requirements currently in place for testing and deployment of autonomous passenger vehicles, according to officials.
Depending on the permit, companies can test their autonomous delivery service with or without a safety driver. Companies must apply for a deployment (commercial use) permit with the DMV to charge a delivery fee, according to officials.
Previously, DMV regulations did not allow for the testing and commercial use of autonomous light-duty delivery vehicles on public roadways.
However, the DMV’s regulations continue to exclude autonomous vehicles weighing more than 10,001 pounds.
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