Topic Archives: Autonomous Vehicles & Robotics

U.S. DOT Revamps Federal Guidance on Automated Vehicle Development and Rollout

Updating and building on guidance issued one year ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation published a new federal guidance document entitled Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (“AV 3.0”). AV 3.0, released on October 4, 2018, incorporates extensive stakeholder feedback to provide updated voluntary guidance and policy considerations regarding safety standards and ...›

Personal Delivery Devices (PDD): New Transportation Frontiers Emerge for Autonomous Vehicle Rulemakers

With regulatory frameworks around autonomous vehicles (AVs) under development at the federal, state, and local levels, new autonomous technology frontiers are emerging for rulemakers. The latest is personal delivery devices (PDDs) – essentially small autonomous vehicles designed primarily for last-mile logistics using sidewalks and driveways, rather than public roads and highways. Regulation of PDDs is ...›

California Opens the Road to Fully Driverless Cars; Federal Policymaking Slowly Rolls Forward

On February 26, 2018, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced new regulations allowing fully driverless cars to be tested on California roads as of April 2, 2018. The announcement culminates a multi-year process undertaken by DMV. The new regulations mark a significant change. Although DMV has already issued permits to 50 manufacturers and ...›