Researchers are exploring the ways in which drivers could be charged mile-by-mile with a payment system at electric vehicle pumps, or a usage-based insurance approach, Caltrans said. In future phases, researchers will test payment of rideshare miles and collect data from autonomous vehicles through an app.
Participants would receive up to $100 in return for their time and feedback. The demonstration will start in January and last six months.
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The study aims to develop new ways of funding for road and highway repairs in a state that is growing more sustainable with increasing zero-emission options on the market.
"Caltrans is continuing its research to explore how a future road user charge can fund transportation projects throughout the state,'' said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. "We want Californians to join us in testing payment options that will inform our research in designing an equitable and sustainable road charge program.''
Those interested can visit www.caroadcharge.com. Volunteers do not need to own or lease a vehicle in order to participate, but they must be 18 or older.
City News Service contributed to this report.