Today, we will discuss the future of California’s transportation through innovative highways and autonomous vehicles. Let’s dive in!
- AV Transformation Potential: Autonomous vehicles (AVs) can reshape transportation, enhance road safety, and support sustainable goods movement. They also have the potential to create new jobs and industries in manufacturing, maintenance, and services in California.
- California’s Technological Leadership: As the world’s fifth-largest economy, California remains a hub for business and technology innovations. The state aims to maintain its position as a technological leader and promote the development of AV technology and related industries while considering the impacts on state goals.
- Autonomous Vehicle Strategic Framework: Released in August 2022, the “Autonomous Vehicle Strategic Framework” is a collaborative planning document involving state agencies and stakeholder input. It envisions the integration of AVs into daily life and the transportation ecosystem.
- Vision and Guiding Principles: California’s vision is to safely deploy zero-emission autonomous vehicles for the benefit of mobility, safety, job quality, equity, health, environment, land use, and quality of life. The framework is guided by principles including environment, equity, high-quality jobs, inclusivity, partnerships, public health, safety, and shared economic benefit.
- Alignment with State Plans: The strategic framework is designed to align with and build upon existing state plans, focusing on increasing safety, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in transportation, preparing the workforce for future high-quality jobs, and improving mobility and access for all Californians. The next steps involve identifying and implementing targeted actions in line with the vision and guiding principles through collaboration with stakeholders and entities.
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