for California Department of Motor Vehicles
A SAFE analysis based on California’s data from 2017 shows that approximately 50 percent of AV companies permitted to test vehicles in the state are either using EVs or plan to electrify their AVs in the future.
New data from California shows advancement in the volume and quality of AV activity, but disengagement reports are an imperfect measure and the reporting does not include activities on private roads and outside the state.
While new data from California provides some insight to gains for AVs, the real story is the fact that the industry needs consistent monitoring and metrics nationwide to drive a deeper understanding of the technology and its capabilities.
Uber seems to be avoiding compliance with laws for driverless vehicles in order to make a statement to California, and any other state that should follow its example with what the ride-hailing service believes are onerous laws.
California’s proposed rules will prevent the full scope of benefits of autonomous vehicle technology, in both safety and fuel savings, from being realized.