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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 28, 2018 01:26 PM
From: Representative Jim Marshall
To: All House members
Subject: Autonomous Shuttle Vehicle/Committee Formation

In the near future I will be introducing legislation that will:
  • Allow PennDOT to authorize the operation of an autonomous shuttle vehicle on an approved route; and
  • Establish a Connected and Highly Autonomous Vehicle Advisory Committee within PennDOT.
Autonomous Shuttle Vehicle
Currently, Title 75 has passive provisions that require a driver operate a vehicle. This requirement applies to all public roads. There are no restrictions on private roads. My legislation will allow these vehicles to operate without a human operator on a PennDOT approved route that may include public roadways, or that may cross a public road. These are low-speed vehicles that operate on defined routes, much like that of a trolley car, without the rail beneath you.

Pennsylvania is a leader in the field of autonomous vehicles, and this bill would allow people to move on a prescribed route around college campuses, battlefields, airports, mall parking lots, sporting events, urban areas, company campuses, etc. These vehicles have the capability to operate as either just one car or as part of a network of smart vehicles all working together.

Human carelessness leads to 94% of all motor vehicle accidents. Although we tend to believe we are good drivers, many simply are not.

Connected and Highly Autonomous Vehicle Advisory Committee
The establishment of this committee is long overdue. This technology is here, and by all accounts, is only gaining momentum. This committee will be staffed by multiple department Secretary’s, as well as Governor appointees which have significant stakes in the evolution of the technology within the Commonwealth. Their duties will be to advise the Secretary of PennDOT on all aspects of safe testing and deployment, as well as policy considerations.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB2300