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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2013


Public Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles

On Friday, April 19, 2013, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will conduct the first in a series of public workshops to assist in the development of regulations governing the testing and use of autonomous vehicles on California public roadways.

The workshop is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Department of General Services located at, 707 Third Street in West Sacramento.

The workshop is being held in response to the passage of Senate Bill 1298 which requires the Department to adopt regulations establishing insurance requirements as well as requirements for the submission of an application to operate an autonomous vehicle, including any testing, equipment, performance standards, or safety standards. The workshop allows increased public participation in the rulemaking process and will help the Department improve the quality of the regulations that will eventually be adopted.

Since the Department is not able to anticipate the number of participants, the workshop may conclude before 4:00 p.m. if all attendees who wish to comment have provided their comments. However, this workshop will not be extended beyond the scheduled end time.

Participation in the workshop will be in addition to, and not in substitution for, any participation in the formal rulemaking process. The Department welcomes comments and ideas on how to implement the requirements of SB 1298, and interested parties will have the ability to participate in the formal regulation process when the Department publishes the actual proposed text of the regulations.

A live webcast of the workshop will be available. For a direct link, please visit the DMV web page at dmv.ca.gov during the workshop.

For more information on Autonomous Vehicles visit the new DMV Autonomous Vehicle webpage at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/autonomous/auto.htm.

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