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Self-Driving Transport Permits Coming To California
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What is the Self-Driving Transport Permits Coming To California?

Self-driving vehicles have been in the news regularly as virtually every automaker and major tech company are making the plunge into what they hope is the future of personal transportation. What often gets lost in the discussion is the potential of self-driving transport vehicles, which could revolutionize the entire industry.

It’s no surprise that California is leading the way on both fronts, both because of the major role it plays in the transport industry and because of the presence of major players in the technology field. The prime example being companies like Google, which has been developing autonomous vehicles on public streets for several years.

Roughly 60 companies in California have been authorized a permit which allows for the testing of self-driving vehicles, but Zoox Inc. will be the first to receive a permit for transport vehicles. While it is a very exciting opportunity that offers plenty of promise, Zoox isn’t planning to offer the use of its technology until sometime in 2020.

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What To Expect Going Forward In Driverless Transport

Though Zoox has been granted to first permit to develop driverless transport vehicles, there are some caveats. For one, the permit is specifically for the transport of passengers, not goods, meaning that transport and logistics operations won’t be immediately affected by the permits.

There are also some stipulations that must be followed during the initial phases of the autonomous driving program. The governing body in charge of the autonomous driving program is the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has indicated that a driver must still be present in the vehicle during the testing phase. Upon full implementation of the pilot program, a driver is not required, but there must be a constantly available line of communication between passengers and remote operators of the driverless vehicles.

As with any new technology related to vehicles, there will be plenty of safety precautions and testing before the program is fully unveiled, but we can expect things to move forward rather quickly as other states are following suit and offering similar programs. As of this writing, there are about 80 cities across the United States that have such a program or plan to incorporate one soon.

By the end of 2020 we’ll have a much cleared idea of what the future of driverless transport holds, as well as how it may impact logistics and transport. For more information about California’s pilot program and to learn about which companies are pursuing the use of driverless technology, see the links under the resources section below.

Self-Driving Vehicle Resources

CA Companies With Driverless Testing Permits - A comprehensive listing of the California companies that have been granted self-driving testing permits.

CPUC Program Information - Information and links for more information about the CPUC Driverless AV Passenger Service permit program.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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“The plan was to ship my car from California to Utah. I went through nearly 20 quotes after using an auto shipping site which linked to a bunch of brokers. Finally, I found A1 Auto Transport, a company with its own trucks with great reviews. I was sold. Joe was very competent, gave off the impression he’d done this a million times, and it really showed throughout the transport. He listened to my request carefully, offered me several options, stayed in touch during the transport, and made sure I was happy with everything. Overall, a great company which I would definitely recommend to others!”

“A1 Auto is kind of like your favourite mom and pop pizza parlour, the one you can’t get enough of despite all the new, expensive avant-garde pizza shops that have mushroomed conspicuously across the entire neighbourhood and seem to have taken over the whole world...but not you. Because you value quality and genuine customer service, and know this business understands and works doubly hard to give you your money’s worth. I’ve been using A1 Auto Transport whenever I left California for business: they may not be the cheapest car transporters around, but the sheer professionalism, dedication, and heart they put into their work is just amazing and worth my every dime. I’m probably one of the most sceptical people you would ever meet. I’m rarely convinced when bombarded with dubious, self-congratulating ads of companies that look like they’ve spent tons of money on marketing materials just to lure your average guy in. A1 Auto Transport is the complete opposite of these companies. My car always arrived promptly on schedule, never with a hint of scratch or dirt or damage, and they keep me updated every step of the process. When you’ve found a company whose genuine care for their customers comes naturally, you stand by them no matter what. It’s the most logical thing to do.”

“Not too long ago, I’ve shipped a couple cars to California from Maine, and choosing A1 Auto Transport paid off from beginning to end. Of course, I first got a bunch of quotes from different companies. I wanted to make an educated decision, and this led me to A1, having some of the best quotes and reputation of the bunch. Their customer service was impeccable, and Joe’s knowledge of the job showed even through the initial conversations I had with him over the phone. I could reach him at any time during the day. My schedule is a bit troublesome, so I called him at 7 am and 10 pm, yet he still answered in the same polite and professional manner. My cars arrived 2 days earlier. Considering there were 6 others on the truck he picked them up with, that’s really something. There was no damage done to them during transport, though being summer, I guess pebbles and theft are the only concerns in such cases. Thank you Joe for an awesome, stress free experience!”

“Most of the time people take the time to write a complaint letter. I am very happy with your service so far so I thought I would write and tell you. In today's world where mediocre service is the norm your company has proved your commitment to customer service is far above that of your competitors. I have not received my car yet but I felt compelled to write this email and commend A-1 Autotransport for the job well done thus far. Here are some points I would like to make. Your dispatcher Marie Ferguson upgraded my cars transportation, at no extra cost, to an enclosed transporter. My car is a rare SS Camaro Convertible with only 4,000 miles and is perfect in every way. I can't tell you how much I appreciate her concern for my cars safety. When the seller of the car was a little on the uncooperative side your agents offered to pick the car up where it was at the sellers residence. Again at no extra cost to me. The seller of the car called me after the car was picked up and mentioned how professional the driver was and how he moved cars off the transporter to put my car in the best location for it's long ride to Oregon. When I heard that I felt reassured I had chosen the right company to move my car. The system you have to track the progress is really fun. It took me a little while to figure it out but I had a blast watching the progress. Your driver didn't waste any time. The car was picked up in Ft Lauderdale Florida on Tuesday evening and was in Watsonville California Saturday afternoon. Great Job! I thought I might hear from you Sunday to arrange pick up of my car, most likely I hear from you Monday morning. Thank you again for all you folks have done for me. I would be happy to recommend your service to anyone who asks. Best Regards, Brian Hewgill”

“I had a great time transporting my car to California thanks A1 Auto Transport. Joe’s quote was reasonable and his reasoning and explanations were spot on. He couldn’t make it to the pickup, but he did call to make sure things were ok. The driver inspected my car, and I appreciated his professionalism. While it was on its way, Joe regularly sent me updates on its location through text. He estimated it would arrive in 5-6 days, and it was so. I was also given the contact information of my driver, so I could call both him and Joe if I ever felt the need to. My car got to Sacramento, California on the 5th day, and it was great to see it was well. There wasn’t any damage done to it during transit. This fact, Joe’s updates, and the fact that they met their deadline makes me recommend A1 Auto Transport as one of the best auto transport companies out there. It’s the 3rd company I’ve used to move a vehicle, and it will likely also be the 4th.”

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