Capitol Briefing

Policy Impacts of Self-Driving Vehicles

a driverless car

Melody Kramer/


Nidhi Kalra
Information Scientist, RAND Corporation


March 20, 2014


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Room 125, State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

*Lunch will be provided*

About the Briefing

Self-driving cars are predicted to be available to consumers within 5–15 years. California is already preparing for this technology: the state allows developers to test driverless vehicles on state roads, and the Department of Motor Vehicles is working on rules for carmakers and the public. What are the advantages and risks of this technology to congestion, safety, land use, and the environment? How can policymakers encourage the safe adoption of self-driving cars? Join us to learn about this new vehicle innovation and the wide range of policy issues it raises.

About RAND

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