Self-Driving Pizza Delivery Now in California

Mish

California gives a green light to companies testing driverless delivery vehicles, including pizza.

Hot Pizza, No Driver, Tips Not Necessary

Please note California's Authorizes Autonomous Food Delivery Trucks.

The State of California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced the new regulations last week, which allows companies with a permit to operate autonomous delivery vehicles that weigh up to 10,001 pounds (4.54 tons).

"This weight category includes "autonomous passenger cars, mid-sized pickup trucks and cargo vans carrying goods such as pizza or groceries", the DMV said.

Companies will need to certify vehicles are equipped with an autonomous vehicle data recorder as well as technology to respond to roadway situations.

Vehicles must also be certified to industry standards for helping defend against and respond to "cyberattacks, unauthorized intrusions or false vehicle control commands."

For companies testing driverless delivery vehicles, companies need to ensure they're equipped with a "communication link between the vehicle and a remote operator and the ability to display or transfer vehicle owner or operator information in the event of a collision."

I clipped that image from a video in the top link. The actual vehicle may look a lot different, or not.

The important point is not the vehicle, but rather this is 2019, for a while anyway, and such tests are underway.

Amusingly, every time I do a post like this readers tell me the technology is a decade away.

Please wake up.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (46)
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Tom from Michigan
Tom from Michigan

Snow and ice are the game changers. Southern US will get the technology moving.

Herkie
Herkie

It is an abomination that is going to have devastating consequences for your freedoms. Most of us are old enough we will not have to live (at least not for long) with these horrors, some of you are though. And one thing in particular that will come of this, one day those machines will be more important to their owners than the public they serve. Eventually it will be humans that are no longer needed and just an inconvenience that are useless eaters demanding support (taxes) from the robot owners. As machine technology gets better and better human value relative to that will get worse and worse. You have been warned.

EconomicCrashDummy
EconomicCrashDummy

I'm in Shanghai at the moment and I saw one of those room service robots in a lift going to someone's hotel room last weekend. It looked pretty cool. That's going to do away with a lot of jobs also.

Realist
Realist

Merry Christmas Mish! Actually, I agree with almost everything you say about autonomous vehicles. They are inevitable. I am simply not as optimistic about your timelines. I am not expecting widespread adoption till the late 2030s. The decade of the 2020s will simply be the early days, where the vast majority of the learning and tweeking will take place. Once that is done, then serious production can begin of autonomous vehicles.

However, it will take almost two decades of production to replace the fleet of vehicles presently in use.

thimk
thimk

domo arigato, mr. roboto Styxx

Jojo
Jojo

This was an interesting PBS news story about autonomous driving from a couple of months back:

Look Who's Driving As self-driving cars take to the streets, investigate how they work, and if they are safe. RUNTIME: 53:21

After years of anticipation, autonomous vehicles are now being tested on public roads around the world. As ambitious innovators race to develop what they see as the next high-tech pot of gold, some experts warn there are still daunting challenges ahead, including how to train artificial intelligence to be better than humans at making life-and-death decisions. How do self-driving cars work? How close are we to large-scale deployment of them? And will we ever be able to trust AI with our lives? (Premiered October 23, 2019)

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

Combine the delivery truck with solar powered roof and you can bake pizza en route. Then invent a solar powered robot that delivers the pizza all the way to the sofa.

Merry Christmas.

shamrock
shamrock

Also, TSLA: $425.25, just 8 months late.

wootendw
wootendw

"Vehicles must also be certified to industry standards for helping defend against and respond to "cyberattacks, unauthorized intrusions or false vehicle control commands.""

Excepting law enforcement, of course, which will always be able to take over driverless cars, once they get established. I look forward to riding in robot cars in the future, but I won't 'own' one.

It'll be Uber/Lyft/Taxi or whatever.

Anda
Anda

So who is liable for allowing these on the roads? I don't mean financially liable, but who gets directly and meaningfully punished in response to damage they might cause ? A persona, not corporati or departamentalatus.... who ?

I won't wait for anyone to reply, because it would only be a scape goat.

The important point is not that there are tests of the technology, but that they are being allowed.

Wxtwxtr
Wxtwxtr

Wonder how they'll handle the Fourth Turning?

MishMash
MishMash

I can't believe there are people who think this is 'cool'. That may actually be worse than the actual existence of this thing.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Is there an armored version that drives through rough neighborhood?


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