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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 26, 2019 01:12 PM
From: Representative Jim Marshall
To: All House members
Subject: Autonomous Shuttle Vehicle
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.

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.

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.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as HB1078