Publication Detail

California Automated Vehicle Policy Strategies


Research Report

3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

Suggested Citation:
D'Agostino, Mollie, Jerel Francisco, Susan A. Shaheen, Daniel Sperling (2021) California Automated Vehicle Policy Strategies. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis, Research Report UCD-ITS-RR-21-71

Senate Bill (SB) 1298 granted the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) a legislative mandate to develop the Autonomous Vehicle Program. In this landmark 2012 bill, the DMV is allowed to “consult with the [California Highway Patrol (CHP)], Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, or any other entity DMV identifies that has expertise in automotive technology, automotive safety, and autonomous system design.” This issue paper is offered to the State of California in the spirit of this consultation privilege. This research is also a project component of the Climate Smart Transportation and Communities Consortium (C-STACC) for the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) (Task 3.4.4). A review draft of this issue paper was submitted to the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) in March 2021 in response to their solicitation for feedback of the draft Automated Vehicle (AV) Framework. This paper leverages the eight principles for AV policy included in the draft CalSTA framework:
  • Environment
  • Equity
  • Inclusive Design
  • Partnerships
  • Public Health and Livability
  • Quality Jobs
  • Safety
  • Shared Prosperity
Keywords: automated vehicles, intelligent vehicles, transportation policy, urban transportation policy