Travel gets to bring the green light robotaxi service on the California public roads

Travel gets to bring the green light robotaxi service on the California public roads

travel cleared a regulatory hurdle, which will enable the company to expand its self-driving service, of the private streets of a retirement community in San Jose, California. on public roads, while the rest of the state.

The California Public Utilities Commission granted approval Monday trip-permission has been granted for the carriage of passengers in its self-driving vehicles on public roads. The approval, which will be part of the state, the Autonomous vehicle passenger Service, pilot, continues the journey into a new and growing group of companies that want to expand beyond the traditional AV-Test. Aurora, AutoX, Cruise, Pony.ai, Zoox and Waymo have all received a permission to participate in the CPUC is Drivered Autonomous vehicle passenger Service Pilot program.

The approval also sets the travel on the way to a broader marketing.

The company was working six Autonomous vehicles — always with a human safety driver behind the steering wheel in The villages, a community of more than 4,000 residents in San Jose, California. (These activities have been temporarily suspended, under a country-wide stay-at-home, you will be prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.) Trip also works in a 40-square-mile, 125,000-resident retirement town in Central Florida.

travel does not need to allow for the CPUC, because the community consists of public roads, although CEO Oliver Cameron said the company wanted to keep to state rules independently of each technique. The trip was to transport also motivated by a larger ambition of the inhabitants of The villages, to destinations outside of the municipality.

“We want to bring people to all the things said life outside of The villages, facilities, such as hospitals and grocery stores,” Voyage-CEO Oliver Cameron TechCrunch in an interview on Monday.

travel strategy was to start with retirement communities — places with specific customer needs and a simpler environment. The demographic, travel an average age of 70 years is used. Not to change the goal is your customer base. Instead, Cameron wants to expand the current operational area of design, the journey of a larger range.

The goal of the core is for the travel-customers — people that Cameron dubs power-user to be able to use the service for everything to shopping by heading to a neighbouring house for dinner, doctor’s visits, and even the airport.

The CPUC authorized in may of 2018, two pilot programs for the transportation of passengers in Autonomous vehicles. The first, called the Drivered Autonomous vehicle passenger Service Pilot program, companies can operate a ride-hailing service with Autonomous vehicles, as long as you follow certain rules. The companies are not allowed, costs for travel, human safety, the driver must get behind the wheel and certain data reported to the district must be annually.

The second CPUC pilots, driverless car service — although not a company yet, allow it.

according to the briefing, the trip may not be for trips. However, there might be some legal leeway. Travel on a technical/fee for rides within The villages; in fact, before the COVID-19 pandemic-related shutdown, the company had started, charging for a ride-hailing service.

trips outside of The villages would have to be free, although it is unclear whether the company could charge for the mileage or the time until the vehicle of the community.

travel has aspirations to take this. The company is also the application of a traditional, Transport, Charter approval, which is required for the limousine, bus and other third-party charter services. Cameron said the company had to go through the rigorous application process for the CPUC AV permission is Drivered first.

The CPUC-programs should not be confused with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which regulates and issues permits for testing Autonomous vehicles on public roads — always with a safety driver. It 65 is to test an Autonomous vehicle permits through the DMV. Companies that want to participate, you must allow the CPUC program a test with the DMV.

Released on Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:28:08 +0000

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