Has the Pandemic Made California Less Concerned About Regulating Autonomous Vehicles?

Not surprisingly, the regulatory landscape is as varied as the developmental field. In addition to significant new proposals at the federal level, 38 states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation or issued executive orders regarding AVs. Currently, 14 states allow full deployment of AVs without a driver behind the wheel. But California—home to many of the biggest names in the AV space and generally the first to regulate new technologies—seems to have paused on its regulatory odyssey with respect to AVs during the pandemic…