California plans to introduce new rules to allow road testing of self-driving trucks less than 4.5 tons

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 California plans to introduce new rules to allow road testing of self-driving trucks less than 4.5 tons


But the law is limited to self-driving trucks weighing less than 10,000 pounds (about 4.53 tons).

California can be said to be a hotbed for the test of autopilot cars. Many companies dedicated to developing and driving autopilot for the public are paying close attention to the revision of Californias rules for the testing of automatic driving vehicles, such as general motors, Alphabets Waymo and excellent step. The officials of the motor vehicle administration say that 62 companies have already obtained the permission of the authority, and a total of 678 autopilot cars have obtained the permission to go on the road. Waymo is the only company allowed to test completely driverless cars on public roads.

The companys ultimate goal is to have class 8 heavy semi-trailer trucks run on public roads for automatic driving tests, a proposal that seems to take them a small step towards that goal. In addition, Waymo has been testing its self-driving traction truck in Atlanta. Big companies like Daimler and TuSimple are also working on completely driverless trucks.

For the time being, although Nuro, Udelv and Ford have already obtained permission to test autopilot in the AV test project in California, the new regulation proposed by the vehicle authority seems to open the door for these companies to enable them to test small cargo vehicles. (passer by)

Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541