shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Autonomous technology." Equipment, devices or other
technology installed on a motor vehicle, either by the original
equipment manufacturer or an aftermarket installer, which
renders the motor vehicle capable of driving or operating
without the active control of a human operator. The term does
not include an active safety system or any system for driver
assistance, including, but not limited to, a system to provide
electronic blind spot detection, crash avoidance, emergency
braking, parking assistance, adaptive cruise control, lane
keeping assistance, lane departure warning or traffic jam and
queuing assistance, unless the system, alone or in combination
with any other system, enables the vehicle to drive without the
active control or monitoring of a human operator.
"Autonomous vehicle." A motor vehicle that is equipped with
autonomous technology that can operate without the active
physical control or monitoring of a human operator. The term
includes vehicles that are engaged in platooning.
"Autonomous vehicle tester." A manufacturer, educational
institution, automotive equipment or technology provider, fleet
operator or other person that is certified by the Department of
Transportation to conduct testing and that has been authorized
by the department to conduct public testing of an autonomous
"Operation." The operation of an autonomous vehicle on a
test road for the purpose of testing.
"Operator." An individual employed by or affiliated with an
autonomous vehicle tester who is able to take immediate manual
or remote control of the autonomous vehicle.
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