Pennsylvania Unveils Guidelines For Driverless Cars

Posted on December 7, 2016

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PennDot introduced recommendations Dec. 6 for self-driving vehicles, an emerging technology Pennsylvania wants to encourage.

“One of the main goals of this policy was to allow the technology to grow in an appropriate way, and to mature as it should,” said Leslie Richards, the state’s transportation secretary. “We don’t want to restrict that growth.”

Legislation that could pass next year would give PennDot wide latitude to regulate the development of autonomous vehicles in the state. The transportation department has sought a free hand in regulating the industry because, the report issued Tuesday stated, “the conventional oversight mechanisms, such as the formal regulatory process, are too slow and inflexible to keep pace with the fast‐changing technology.

The recommendations were the result of six months of deliberations by the state Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, a group that included government officials, engineers, industry personnel, advocates, and academics.  They are posted on PennDot’s website, and the department is hosting an online session Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. that will let the public offer comment. article here

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