Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Pilot Programs

BACKGROUND


On May 31, 2018, pursuant to Decision 18-05-043 (Text of Decision | Press Release), the Commission authorized two pilot programs for the private prearranged transportation of passengers in test autonomous vehicles (AVs):

The "Drivered AV Passenger Service" pilot program allows for the provision of passenger service in test AVs with a driver in the vehicle.  Under this pilot program, a safety driver is available to assist with operations if needed.

The "Driverless AV Passenger Service" pilot program allows for the provision of passenger service in test AVs without a driver in the vehicle.  Under this pilot program, a communication link between passengers and "remote operators" of the vehicle must be available and maintained at all times during passenger service.

To be eligible to participate in the Commission's AV Passenger Service pilot programs, participants must possess the appropriate corresponding Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program Manufacturer's Testing Permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for AV testing with a driver or testing without a driver and comply fully with DMV's AV testing regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Article 3.7).

Under the AV Passenger Service pilot programs, monetary compensation may not be charged for any rides in test AVs.

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