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Driverless Cars and, Oddly Enough, California's
Legislature in Harmony with its Voters

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Posted By: DVC, 9/15/2023 11:17:20 AM

Two big questions (and lots of little ones) are on my mind today. The first big one is, how often is a bill practically unanimous in a state legislature? There’s a bill in California that seeks to ban driverless trucks over 10,000 lbs. Since cargo trucks can usually weigh as much as 80,000 lbs total (that’s counting everything – the vehicle, the cargo, the driver, a full tank of fuel, etc.), this bill covers everything from straight trucks to semi-trailers and similar big rigs. The ban – through at least 2031 – passed the state assembly in Sacramento back in May, 69 to 4.


Unfortunately, this sensible ban has two serious flaws. First, it only applies to over 10,000 lb vehicles and only lasts until 2031.
But it's a great start, driverless vehicles are a very bad idea.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40 9/15/2023 11:22:59 AM (No. 1556613)
Just watch. Gavin will veto it. The legislature will override it. Both will get what they want.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 9/15/2023 11:47:18 AM (No. 1556633)
Ultimately, the California legislature will restrict who drives to reduce traffic and 'save the planet'. Our elites hate getting stuck in traffic jams created by their 'lessers'.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bur Oak 9/15/2023 12:04:24 PM (No. 1556649)
Great political move, ban something that doesn't exist.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: mc squared 9/15/2023 12:47:56 PM (No. 1556668)
I'm no truck driver but big rigs go many hundreds of thousands of miles before they're scrapped. I question the electronics in any vehicle to work perfectly for that long. Extra credit question: How much CO2 does a burning electric truck or a shipload of burning EVs emit?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: snowoutlaw 9/15/2023 3:00:12 PM (No. 1556776)
Heck, even trains have a driver and they are on tracks with very little traffic. Why don't they first start with trains and see how that works out.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 9/15/2023 11:38:51 PM (No. 1557072)
Driverless vehicles are extremely dangrous, a very bad idea. And trucks make the inevitable accident far more deadly.
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