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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2017 04:53 PM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich and Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, Sen. Jay Costa, Sen. John C. Rafferty, Jr., Sen. John P. Sabatina, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Highly Automated Vehicles Testing
In the near future, we intend to re-introduce legislation – SB 1412 of the 2015-16 Session – to allow for the testing of Highly Automated Vehicles (HAV) on Pennsylvania’s transportation system.

Currently, there are nine states – California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia – that enacted a form of HAV testing legislation. With our legislation, Pennsylvania will be well-positioned to advance highway safety, create jobs and support the thriving blend of innovation and technology to build a forward-thinking transportation network.

Our legislation will incorporate “best practices” from enacted HAV testing legislation, recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, guidance from the federal automated vehicle policy by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a volume of feedback from key stakeholders including Carnegie Mellon University and Uber who are legally testing HAVs in this Commonwealth.

The re-introduction of this important piece of legislation demonstrates our commitment and leadership towards the development and management of broader, more sophisticated HAV testing in this Commonwealth, which is receiving notable attention from the manufacturing and technology industries, research institutions, safety stakeholders and transportation policymakers across the United States and beyond.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this pioneering legislation, which is an integral step for Pennsylvania to be a top competitor – among other states and countries – that embraces HAV testing on our interconnected transportation system.

If you have any questions, please contact Nolan Ritchie, Senator Rafferty’s Office, at nritchie@pasen.gov or Jason Gerard, Senator Sabatina’s Office, at jgerard@pasenate.com.

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Introduced as SB427