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Passengers in California Can Now Pay to Use Robotaxis

The past decade has seen great advancements in automobile technology. Tesla showed that electric vehicles were a viable transportation option, and in the decade since the firm launched its first electric vehicle (“EV”), the industry has come a long way. Now, we aren’t just talking about electric vehicles, we are also seeing firms develop autonomous, self-driving vehicles. And thanks to two new programs approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”), people in California will soon be able to ride in a self-driving “robotaxi.”

For quite a while, the Sunshine state has been familiar with self-driving vehicles, with the CPUC approving more than a dozen companies’ requests to test out their self-driving vehicles on the streets of California. However, these firms were not allowed to launch commercial ride-hailing services using their autonomous vehicles, partly due to California’s strict rules for autonomous vehicle operators. In fact, the state has the most strict regulations in the entire country, requiring AV operators to obtain different…


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