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AB 87 (Ting) Autonomous vehicles

Status:Senate Rules Committee
Existing law authorizes the operation of an autonomous vehicle on public roads for testing purposes by a driver who possesses the proper class of license for the type of vehicle being operated, if specified requirements are satisfied. Existing law prohibits an autonomous vehicle from being operated on public roads until the manufacturer submits an application to the Department of Motor Vehicles, as specified, and that application is approved. Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to adopt regulations no later than January 1, 2015, setting forth requirements for the submission of evidence of insurance, surety bond, or self insurance for a manufacturer performing testing, and for the submission and approval of an application to operate an autonomous vehicle. Existing law further requires those regulations to include any testing, equipment, and performance standards that the department concludes are necessary to ensure the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on public roads, with or without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle.
This bill would require the department to include in regulations it adopts relating to application requirements for the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads without the presence of a driver inside the vehicle, a requirement that the manufacturer certify that the local authorities within the jurisdiction where the autonomous vehicle will be tested have been provided with a written notification, as specified, and a requirement that the manufacturer provide certain law enforcement agencies with a copy of a law enforcement interaction plan. The bill would require the law enforcement interaction plan, which instructs the law enforcement agencies on how to interact with the autonomous vehicle in emergency and traffic enforcement situations, to include, at a minimum, information on how to communicate with a remote operator of the vehicle, where in the vehicle to obtain owner information, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance, and how to recognize whether the vehicle is operating in autonomous mode.


More Info:Legislative Website Info
Last Updated:April 5, 2018