Developing New Regulatory Frameworks and Permitting Pathways for Autonomous Vehicles


Regulations often have a hard time keeping up with advances in clean technology. Regulatory processes are slow and bureaucratic by design to ensure that a robust vetting and public process occurs before massive changes are implemented. However, this can cause a significant challenge for new industries and market entrants, especially those that disrupt entire sectors – such as Cruise. Introducing autonomous vehicles that transport members of the public at a time when no regulatory framework exists at all takes years of education, planning and strategy.


Cruise is building an advanced fleet of all-electric, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people with the places, things and experiences they care about.


Cruise came to Caliber in 2018 and together we have worked for years to educate policymakers and various other stakeholders on the role of all electric autonomous vehicles. We partnered with the rest of the industry and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to design pilot and deployment permit frameworks for autonomous vehicles – the first ever created. In June of 2022 after many years and even more permits Cruise became the first ever autonomous vehicle company to receive its Driverless Deployment Permit from the CPUC.



Autonomous Vehicle Regulations, Permits, Electric Vehicle Regulations, California Public Utilities Commission


Caliber helped Cruise obtain groundbreaking autonomous vehicle permits in California.

Effectively worked with regulators, industry, and others to design a permitting process for both pilots and full deployment of autonomous vehicles within California.

In June of 2022, after many years and even more other permits,  Cruise became the first ever autonomous vehicle company to receive its Driverless Deployment Permit in California.