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Sacramento, CA 95818
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2015

DMV to Hold Public Workshop on Autonomous Vehicle Operation Regulations

Workshop to address autonomous vehicles safety

 
Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will hold a public workshop on the development of proposed regulations related to the safe operation of autonomous vehicles on California roads.
 
WHEN:          Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 10 a.m.
 
WHERE:       Assembly Room (6th Floor)
                        Department of Motor Vehicles Headquarters Building
                        2415 First Avenue 
                        Sacramento, CA 95818

 

*The Assembly Room is located in a secure area. You will need to check-in at the security station.
 
You can see an agenda for this workshop by clicking here.
 
The upcoming public workshop will seek input from industry, consumer groups, academics, and other regulations-and standards-setting organizations.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how the state can best require compliance with transparent and technical safety standards for the operation of fully autonomous vehicles on California roads. Currently, there are no federal safety standards for Autonomous Vehicles, nor do any independent certification organizations currently test or certify the safety of these vehicles. 
 
Senate Bill 1298 requires the DMV to adopt regulations governing the testing and use of autonomous vehicles on public roadways.
 
The DMV has already developed a different set of regulations for manufacturer’s testing of autonomous vehicles, which went into effect on September 16, 2014.  Manufacturers who want to test autonomous vehicles on California roads must now obtain a permit from the DMV. The regulations set rules for vehicle testing, insurance, registration, and establish qualifications that individuals need to meet in order to be a test driver.
 
This second set of regulations will establish the requirements that manufacturers must meet to certify that their autonomous vehicle has been successfully tested, meets certain safety requirements, and is ready for the general public to operate on public roads.
 
For more information and a copy of the workshop agenda visit the DMV Autonomous Vehicles webpage at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/autonomous/auto.
 
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