Gavin Newsom sides with autonomous vehicles
- The newest development of California’s anti AV trucking bill, AB. 316 comes from Democratic governor Gavin Newsom. Last week, California’s governor announced his support for autonomous vehicles with his administration’s top business official Dee Dee Myers saying, “Our state is on the cusp of a new era and cannot risk stifling innovation at this critical juncture.” She warned that other states “are actively positioning themselves to lure away California-based companies and the investments and jobs they bring.” With the recently passed resolution that allowed Autonomous Vehicles to operate 24/7 while also charging for a ride, California would seem to be a leading state in autonomous vehicles. The same cannot be said for autonomous trucking. Texas and Arizona are allowing autonomous trucks without human drivers on their roads. This is something that some Californians and the teamsters are not on board with. Newsom does not typically get involved with state legislation before it comes to his desk but with as outspoken as he is in support of autonomous vehicles, it is likely he would use his veto powers to prevent the anti AV trucking provisions in AB 316 from becoming law.
Beep and Oxa announce partnership to deploy autonomous vehicles driven by Oxa in United States
- Beep Inc. is a provider of autonomous mobility solutions. They operate in six states and supply autonomous shuttles to various locations. Oxa is an autonomous vehicle software developer. Last week the two companies announced a partnership to deploy vehicles driven by Oxa’s Self-driving software product, Oxa Driver, as Beep continues its operations across the United States. Oxa Driver combines sensor data from cameras, lidar, and radar. This gives the system a bigger picture of the area. The CEO of Beep had this to say about the partnership, “Oxa’s self-driving software, integrated with our command center and service management software, provides a safe and sophisticated autonomous solution that will enhance our passenger experience and operational capabilities, making more accessible, true autonomous use cases a near-term reality. Safe, shared autonomous transportation promises a major impact on traffic congestion, road safety and the environment, and we’re pleased to have a partner who shares these priorities and values in Oxa.”
Clevon’s T-Mobile powered autonomous delivery Robot Fleet Zooms into Smart City Peachtree Corners
- Curiosity labs, a test ground for “next generation intelligent mobility and smart city technology“ announced a new way of delivering packages is coming to Peachtree Corners, GA. Clevon is a global autonomous delivery provider, whose fleet of autonomous robot carriers will begin operating out of curiosity labs. The vehicles will be powered by T-Mobile and are designed to collect orders from various stores/warehouses around the area and deliver these goods to customers around the area. These vehicles will operate on public roadways and are built to deliver multiple shipments during a trip.
Cruise begins testing in Seattle and Raleigh
- In this week’s edition of where Cruise will test next, we have Seattle, WA and Raleigh, NC. In Seattle, Cruise is especially focused on learning the hilly and wet environment. They will operate with human drivers for the time being. There is no timetable for when these vehicles will be allowed to operate driverless. As for Raleigh, it is much of the same. The company is looking to collect data on the roadways and on Raleigh’s driving behaviors. For the time being, there will be human drivers. There is currently no timetable for when unmanned autonomous vehicles would be on the street.
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