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California bans polluting autonomous vehicles starting in 2030

Starting in 2030, all light autonomous vehicles circulating in the state of California, in the United States, are required to have zero emissions, reveals Engadget.

California bans polluting autonomous vehicles starting in 2030

California bans polluting autonomous vehicles starting in 2030

The law that determines it, the SB 500, was signed this Thursday by Governor Gavin Newsom and is his most recent effort in the fight against the emission of greenhouse gases.

Last year, Newsom had already enacted a law banning the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2035 onwards.

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This law has its eyes set on the future, as autonomous vehicles currently represent a small percentage of the nearly 15 million cars that circulate on California’s roads.

This law is intended to prevent autonomous vehicles from becoming major polluters in the future, particularly if autonomous taxis become popular among Californians.

Per the Environmental Protection Agency, the transportation sector has been the single largest source of greenhouse emissions in the US since 2019, with light-duty vehicles accounting for more than half of that output.

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