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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2014

Public Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles

SACRAMENTO —On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will hold a public hearing and provide an opportunity for public comment on proposed autonomous vehicles testing regulations at DMV’s headquarters in Sacramento.

The hearing, which will be webcast, begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Assembly Room of the Department of Motor Vehicles Headquarters, located at 2415 First Avenue, Sacramento.

The proposed regulations governing the testing of self–driving and autonomous vehicles on California’s public roadways were published in the Office of Administrative Law’s California Regulatory Notice Register on November 29, 2013. The publishing marked the start of a 45–day public comment period, which ends on January 13, 2014.

Public comment and ideas on the development of these vehicle testing regulations can also be presented during the scheduled hearing. A full text of the draft testing regulations is available at http://oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/48z-2013.pdf, starting on page 1867.

After the public hearing, DMV will deliver final testing regulations to the Office of Administrative Law for approval. Those regulations are anticipated to become final in the spring of 2014 and will then go into effect 120 days after approval.

For the past year, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been developing testing regulations as mandated by Senate Bill 1298 (Vehicle Code Section 38750). The regulations include requirements for testing vehicles, insurance, reporting and registration.

In addition to the just–released testing regulations, the DMV is working on regulations that will cover the public operation of self–driving cars on California's roadways. Those regulations will be completed by January 1, 2015.

For more information on the Autonomous Vehicle Regulations, public comment and webcast, visit: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/vr/autonomous/auto.htm.

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