Louisiana lawmakers write rules for self-driving trucks

Though significant use of the vehicles may be years away, Louisiana’s new regulations take effect Aug. 1, recently signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. The legislation received near-unanimous support from lawmakers who said they want to embrace the new technology, try to lure companies that build the trucks and get ready for self-driving vehicles starting to show up on roadways…

The state currently doesn’t have a law governing self-driving vehicles for personal use, but Mallett said the transportation department is working on a policy for them.

Louisiana’s new law was backed by Starsky Robotics, a San Francisco company working on automated commercial trucking technology that uses an onboard self-driving system and a remote human operator at another location to keep the vehicles on track.