California Considers Authorizing Self-Driving Semi-Trucks

Written by Maggie Angst, The Sacramento Bee
Jan. 31, 2023

Following years of pleadings from the autonomous vehicle industry, California officials are revisiting a statewide policy that prohibits self-driving semi-trucks and big rigs on its roads. 

Should California regulators decide to open the floodgates, two state legislators are pushing to limit any potential fallout. Asm. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, on Jan. 26 filed new legislation requiring a trained individual behind the wheel in any autonomous vehicle that weighs more than 10,001 pounds. Asm. Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, and Asm. Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, co-authored the bill. 

The proposal comes as the California Department of Motor Vehicles hosts a public workshop Feb. 3 to discuss modifying regulations around large autonomous vehicles.

To read more, see The Sacramento Bee.

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